Arts!Longview will install the Cultural Arts District’s first sculpture on Wednesday | Local News

Arts! Longview plans to install its first sculpture in the Cultural Arts District at 9 a.m. Wednesday in front of the Longview Public Library.

The bronze sculpture, titled “Books Make Dreams”, depicts a young black girl holding two books, both written by black authors.

“We are very proud to bring another work of public art to our Cultural Arts District in the form of this magnificent bronze sculpture,” said the Executive Director of Arts! Longview, Christina Cavazos. “Art, like literature, is a form of creative expression that has the power to educate, inform and inspire communities. We hope this young girl, affectionately known as “Lucy”, will inspire and bring joy to the patrons of the Longview Public Library. »

“Books Make Dreams” is a bronze sculpture conceptualized by JP “Pat” Childress, of Boerne. Childress grew up in East Texas and graduated from New London High School (now West Rusk High School). He is the twin brother of the late Mike Childress, who worked for Eastman Chemical Co. in Longview for 38 years and was a lifelong community leader.

The sculpture will be in the library’s Eastman Plaza.

“Our library couldn’t be more grateful to Mr. Childress for creating this custom statue that staff and patrons will enjoy for generations,” said Jennifer Eldridge, Library Manager. “Being part of Arts! Longview and the Cultural Arts District has not only opened us up to more opportunities like this art installation, but has really opened us up to the great partnerships we’ve had with the arts community at large.”

Arts! Longview is a non-profit organization that operates the city’s state-designated 343-acre Cultural Arts District. The neighborhood encompasses downtown and extends to the Belcher Center of LeTourneau University.

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