John Baptist de La Salle

Submitted by Alec Smith

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Client: Lewis University

Location: Romeoville, IL, United States

Completion date: 2019

Project Team

Artist

Alec Smith

Alec M Smith LLC

Industry Resource

Casting Creations of Minnesota

Casting Creations of Minnesota

Industry Resource

Outshaped

Outshaped LLC

Overview

This life sized bronze statue of John Baptist de La Salle stands in front of a large arch monument to de La Salle at Lewis University, in Romeoville, IL.

Goals

The goals for this monument were to create a platform for ritual and education that engages the students of Lewis University, and inspires them to learn and interact with de La Salle's message of education and service. I worked within the parameters set in place to create an engaging portrait of de La Salle that embodied the monument's message and was in harmony with its architectural presence.

Process

I worked with the faculty at Lewis University to create a unique figurative sculpture that met the criteria of a concept that had been approved by a committee tasked with governing the design of the de La Salle monument. Through meetings and detailed concept renderings I achieved the design of the sculpture my client wanted and gave them confidence in what to expect of the final product in bronze.