Lo­cal Sculp­tor Gary Lee Price pro­vides up­date on Statue of Re­spon­si­bil­ity

Serve Daily - - FRONT PAGE - By Leesa Clark-Price

The Statue of Re­spon­si­bil­ity will be a 300 ft. tall mon­u­ment on the west coast of the United States. This icon is the brain­child of Vik­tor Frankl, the holo­caust sur­vivor and au­thor of “Man’s Search for Mean­ing”. It was in this book that he sug­gested that the Statue of Lib­erty be “book­ended” by a Statue of Re­spon­si­bil­ity. He fur­ther sug­gested that if we do not be­come a more re­spon­si­ble Amer­ica, we will be at risk of los­ing our free­doms. We get to ask our­selves if our free­doms are im­por­tant to us. What price are we will­ing to pay to en­sure the free­doms of our grand­chil­dren and their chil­dren?

The project and its ac­com­pa­ny­ing “move­ment” has been birthed right here in Utah. In fact, the Utah State Leg­is­la­ture passed a recurring res­o­lu­tion rec­og­niz­ing Utah as the “Of­fi­cial Birth­place of the Statue of Re­spon­si­bil­ity” in 2010. Lo­cal sculp­tor, Gary Lee Price has been com­mis­sioned to cre­ate the mas­sive mon­u­ment.

As of March 2013, the project was placed in the hands of a new foun­da­tion, Re­spon­si­bil­ity Foun­da­tion Inc., a Cal­i­for­nia 501c3 (pend­ing) Cor­po­ra­tion. This foun­da­tion has suc­cess­fully en­gaged a group of highly suc­cess­ful and ca­pa­ble board mem­bers as well as a world renowned Ad­vi­sory Coun­cil. The group is cur­rently hold­ing fund rais­ing/aware­ness events across the coun­try. There are events be­ing held here in Utah as well. Lo­cally the artist is host­ing events at his stu­dio in Maple­ton two Mon­day nights per month. (Check the web­site www.stat­ue­ofre­spon­si­bil­ity.org for dates and times) The pub­lic is in­vited to at­tend. The Foun­da­tion is also in­ter­ested in shar­ing the mes­sage at com­mu­nity, busi­ness and pri­vate events. Please con­tact Leesa Clark- Price to set up an event. (801-687-1770)

The Sculp­tor re­cently com­pleted a 15 ft. clay ver­sion of the Statue of Re­spon­si­bil­ity on the cam­pus at Utah Val­ley Univer­sity. (UVU) That ver­sion has now had a mold made from it and the foun­da­tion is in the process of iden­ti­fy­ing the fi­nal spon­sors in or­der to have it cast and placed on cam­pus there at UVU. It will be the first one to be in­stalled.

The mon­u­ment will also be the first mon­u­ment that the group is aware of to be ded­i­cated to the fu­ture. Un­like other mon­u­ments and me­mo­ri­als that are ded­i­cated to events and per­sons from the past. As part of that mes­sage the Statue it­self will be cre­ated in part from re­cy­cled alu­minum. A pro­gram will be in place to en­cour­age all school chil­dren to get in­volved by col­lect­ing alu­minum cans and par­tic­i­pat­ing in the “It’s My Re­spon­si­bil­ity” pro­gram in their in­di­vid­ual schools. Once a school has com­pleted the pro­gram, the names of the chil­dren in that school will be saved and dis­played in a Kiosk at the 300 ft. statue upon com­ple­tion. Those who help cre­ate the mon­u­ment can take their chil­dren and grand­chil­dren to see their names listed there many years from now.

In ad­di­tion, the mon­u­ment and grounds will be pow­ered with green en­ergy and the area around the mon­u­ment it­self will be the home to many “hands on” ex­pe­ri­ences, in­clud­ing, com­mu­nity self-sus­tain­ing gar­den­ing, re­cy­cling and al­ter­nate en­ergy

meth­ods. This mon­u­ment will be a place for the pub­lic to ex­pe­ri­ence our na­tion’s rich his­tory and her­itage as well. The pur­pose for this is to ig­nite a con­ver­sa­tion and ini­ti­ate ed­u­ca­tional pro­grams that will in­spire and em­power the youth of to­day (as well as the adults) about our re­spon­si­bil­i­ties not only to our free­doms but our re­spon­si­bil­i­ties to our coun­try and our planet.

It’s more than a Mon­u­ment, it’s a Move­ment! Join the move­ment- be a part of his­tory as well as a part of what “Unites Amer­ica!”

www.stat­ue­ofre­spon­si­bil­ity.org

Sub­mit­ted by Gary Lee Price

Lo­cal artist, Gary Lee Price work­ing on the 15 ft. Statue of Re­spon­si­bil­ity at UVU

Rick Ki­nat­eder

Arche­tec­tural ren­der­ing of the Statue of Re­spon­si­bil­ity on site on the West Coast

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