Sculpture to Be Unveiled at Lincoln Luncheon

Sculpture to Be Unveiled at Lincoln Luncheon

by Emily Baird on February 8, 2010

Members of the Putnam Underground Railroad Education Center will be unveiling a new sculpture that was composed by a local artist at its Lincoln Luncheon this Friday.

WHIZ was able to get a peek of it, which captures Sojourner Truth’s features.

Marilyn Westgerdes was the chosen artist and says it took about three weeks to compose.

"A little bit of research, some photos-looked at some photos-did some sketching, figured out proportion on the face, and expression of the face, " says Westgerdes.

Westgerdes made it by adding clay to a base. Then she casted it in hydrostone and used a metallic glaze to finish the piece.

She says she was honored to be the chosen artist.

"It’s wonderful to have a commission offered that’s fun to do. That’s interesting to research and enjoyable to sit with for days on end and work on, " says Westgerdes.

Westgerdes also composed a sculpture of Harriett Tubman for the Putman Underground Railroad Education Center.