Clarence Darrow

Submitted by Zenos Frudakis

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Client: Artist Initiated Project

Location: Historical Courthouse, Dayton, TN, United States

Completion date: 2017

Project Team

Artist

Zenos Frudakis

Donor Relations

Freedom from Religion Foundation

Rhea County Historical Society

The Freethought Society

American Humanist Society

Main Stage Music, Dayton, TN

Industry Resource

Laran Bronze Foundry

Overview

A 7 foot high bronze sculpture of Clarence Darrow in historical dress in action on a 3 foot high base.

Goals

A sculpture of William Jennings Bryant created for the Courthouse site stood alone on the grounds for many years. I wished to balance the setting with a sculpture of Clarence Darrow, Bryant’s friend, colleague, and his opponent at the historical Scopes Trial which took place there.

Process

Funds were raised for creation of a clay model of Darrow, then additional funds were raised for bronze casting. I created the clay model, enlarged it, and cast it in bronze. With consideration, advice, careful guidance, and continuous involvement from the Rhea County Historical Society, plans were made to install the work. A ceremony honoring Clarence Darrow followed the installation. The wonderful owners of Main Stage Music in Dayton helped us with speakers and other things we needed for the event. They even made a cover for the sculpture reveal ceremony.

Additional Information

Many in Dayton, Tennessee did not favor the Darrow sculpture’s creation and installation at the courthouse. The project drew the community together in the sense that it offered balance to the story presented annually at the Monkey Trial Festival in Dayton. During the sculpture’s creation, protesters for and against the sculpture showed up at the courthouse at the same time to be seen and heard.