Client: University of North Carolina
Location: Raleigh, NC, United States
Completion date: 2013
Artwork budget: $90,000
Bronze Craft Foundry
This heroic scale portrait of the Newfoundland, “Hannah”, was commissioned by Susan & Randy Ward for the entrance of The Hannah Heart Center at the College of Veterinary Medicine, North Carolina State University.
It seemed appropriate to recognize in physical form the purpose of the hospital, and the animal for which it was named. Statues, more than sculpture, embody humane ideas, and allow for particular remembrance, emulation, and sympathy. Here, a statue which would serve to commemorate Hannah, which would illicit recollection of other beloved animals, which in the quiet court would allow contemplation, memory, and a place for hope and love. It should be mentioned that, without comment or label, Hannah's ashes are contained within the mound beneath the statue.
Susan and Randy Ward collaborated with the sculptor, Michael Curtis, to make accurate, through each stage of development (design, drawing, and modeling), each detail of body and portrait. The sculptor, Robert Bricker, assisted in mold-making; the landscape architects, Lappes Havenar, PC, chose the materials of the base and helped to settle the statue into the space.
The College of Veterinary Medicine at North Carolina State University is ranked one of the top four colleges of veterinary medicine in the nation; it is a state-of-the-art facility with a lovely, comprehensive art collection.