Thursday, July 19, 2007

enoch tanner wickham, with my own eyes

my favorite. "it is all over with now bill and well that it is as it is" sam davis and bill marsh statue

i wrote an entry about e.t. wickham earlier this year and have recently taken a day trip to see his statues in person. it seems some have been moved down the road and are behind what looks suspiciously like someone's electric fence. hopefully this will save them from further desecration. as you see in the photographs, his hard work has been mercilessly vandalized, which really hurts my, and i am sure, countless others' feelings. only the angel at the family gravesite stands in it's original glory. that said, now that i have seen them in person i love them even more and i am irritated that i can not give mr. e.t. wickham a big hug.

andrew jackson tipping his hat. please note the pocket and buttons on his shirt. everyone has pockets and buttons.

i read somewhere that when asked in an interview why he built these statues, he said "i don't know why i did it. i just had to". i would say on average, even before i had seen them with my own eyes, i have thought/do think of what he said 3 or 4 times a week. every week. he had to build them. they were heartfelt. it does not get any better than that. and after we admired all the statues we could find, we drove down the road to the family gravesite and i told him so myself.

the angel standing watch

mr. wickham's grandson runs a wickham stone park website with intact photgraphs and history of the statues and of his granfather the artist. i enjoyed it front to back. i hope you will too.


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