Montgomery – The Montgomery Campus of Troy University unveiled a bronze Trojan statue on January 21. It is a replica of the statue that Larry Strickland, Troy University Alumnus and artist, designed and created for the Troy Campus. Donated by Chinese artist Hou Bau Zhu, it sits on the Montgomery Campus Curry Commons area.
Troy University’s Dothan campus dedicated a statue back in November of 2008 and a final replica of the more than two ton statue will be placed on the Phenix City Campus in the future.
Artist and sculptor Larry Strickland exhibits his works in the Strickland Art Gallery located in Florala, Alabama. This former United States Army illustrator specializes in landscapes of the southern United States and some cities he has depicted in his work includes New Orleans, Birmingham, and Pensacola.
Early in his career Larry worked primarily as a painter in the media of watercolor, oil, and acrylic. About ten years ago he began creating inspirational sculptures and other works in wood, bronze, marble, and stone. His figurative sculptures begin with just a piece of wood or an old tree trunk and he carves away the rough interior to reveal his vision.
Larry also developed an original design which took him over two years to complete: St. Mary’s Stations of the Cross for St. Mary’s Episcopal Church in Andalusia, Alabama. The stations are a series of pictures or engravings that portray pivotal events during Christ’s final hours, from his death sentence to his body being placed in the tomb.
Larry used wood from the black walnut tree that once stood by the original church and set to work on his carvings of intricate detail. The stations are arranged at intervals along the walls of a church or sometimes placed outside. The face of Christ mirrors the crucifix mounted in St. Mary’s Chapel of the Cross; and on an interesting note, the faces of the Roman soldiers in the carvings of the stations bear a marked resemblance to the Trojan mascot.
Article by Melissa Parker
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