Paul Wegner Bronze Sculpture of "Sing 'em Low" available now at Sculpture Collector
"Sing 'em Low"
Edition . . 133/175 | Size . . 30"(H) X 25"(W) X 13"(D) 16" Base
by Paul Wegner
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Paul Wegner, Soon after graduating college and becoming a professional sculptor Wegner was given his first large commission by the National Geographic Society in 1976. The project required Wegner to create 9 life size figures of primitive man for their new museum exhibit in Washington D.C. Wegner had meetings with archeologists from the Smithsonian, such as Mary Leaky, Dr. Dale Stewart, and many more from National Geographic, including their very talented creative staff. Research for this project led Wegner to the works of painter Norman Rockwell, sculptor Rodin, and more importantly, Rodin’s protégé, Malvina Hoffman. What sparked Wegner’s interest, aside from their great approach to depicting human anatomy and expression was infusing emotion into the faces of their work, something that National Geographic people stressed with me for this project. “Give our ancestors feelings!” That was the order of the day.
Another of Wegner’s greatest thrills as a sculptor was in 1988, when he was presented a Blues Award in Memphis, TN, by B.B. King and Carl Perkins. Wegner created a sculpture of W.C. Handy (Father of Blues) for the First Heritage Museum in Memphis, which was used on stage for the Blues Awards program and created as part of the event to dedicate Handy’s childhood home. That house was brought to Beale Street. in Memphis, restored and turned into a museum. Later the sculpture was used in an important scene in the Academy Award winning film “The Firm”. Wegner won another “Keeping the Blues Alive Award” the following year and this time was made an honorary board member.
In 1989 Wegner was presented the “Key to the City” of New Orleans by the Mayor and made an “Honorary Citizen” in appreciation for all his sculptural works related to New Orleans which document that true American heritage known as Jazz. Annually, the Hilton Hotel in New Orleans dedicates 8 plaques designed by Wegner to be placed in cement at the Walk of Fame site. The names represent those who have influenced the state of Louisiana in a positive way. Pete Fountain invited Wegner to help lead Mardi-Gras with him in 1995. The theme that year was “Beauty and the Beast”. Wegner chose the beast.
Over the years Wegner has had many opportunities to discuss and learn about these music forms from a wide range of original music icons in jazz, blues and rock-and-roll, with musicians such as Pete Fountain, Lionel Hampton, John Lee Hooker, Carlos Santana. They were the inspiration behind the series of sculptures that Wegner has developed and created in bronze for more than 2 decades. Wegner’s style of fragmenting, along with the music theme were a natural combination. The free-floating style evokes an almost musical feel to the design itself, allowing the figures to roll with the instruments in a wave of upbeat, visual enjoyment. As many have seen, just turn on the music and the design seems to come alive.
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