A pair of bronze sculptures meant to honor some of Edmond’s longtime supporters are set to be officially accepted at a ceremony scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Monday at the city’s administration building, 24. E. First Street.
“Path of Doves” by David Pearson is a 30 inch by 90 inch sculpture on the front wall of the building. The piece features doves perched on a tree branch. Purchased by Randel and Dana Shadid in partnership with the Edmond Visual Arts Commission, the piece is dedicated to the memories of former district attorney and city manager C. Max Speegle and former city treasurer Stephen Schaus.
“Max and I have shared legal offices for over 40 years,” said Randel Shadid, former two-term mayor of Edmond and founder of the city’s Art in Public Places program. “Stephen was also my business partner and we shared offices for over 30 years. Both died too soon, and I miss them, their advice and their friendship every day.
“Sanctuary” is another Pearson piece, a 62-inch-tall bronze work also depicting doves perched on a branch, and purchased in memory of Bob Thomas, a lifelong resident arts supporter of Edmond who served at the Edmond Visual Arts Commission. The piece will eventually be installed at The Uncommon Ground, a new sculpture park under construction in Edmond.
The two pieces are the eighth and ninth sculptures in the city’s collection of Pearson, a respected New Mexico artist who will be attending Monday’s event. Pieces bring the city’s public art collection to a total of 285 pieces