The Jim Henson Memorial

Submitted by Jay Hall Carpenter

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Project

Client: The University of Maryland

Location: College Park, United States

Completion date: 2003

Artwork budget: $120,000

Project Team

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Jon DonOfrio

Suburban Stone

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New Arts Foundry

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Artist

Jay Hall Carpenter

Overview

Bringing a Great Comedy Duo to Life

Carpenter was selected to create a fitting tribute to University of Maryland alumnus, Jim Henson. What set Carpenter’s design apart was the depiction of Kermit as a living being, detached from Jim’s arm.

“The dynamic between them was so special. It made sense to carry that perception into the sculpture. We find them deep in discussion, as true partners, dreaming up their next big project.” JHC

The project was installed on time and on budget, and is now considered by The Washington Post as one of the ten must-see sculptures in Washington DC.

Goals

The Challenge: Take two beloved cultural figures and create and engaging sculpture that welcomes visitors and provides a photo op.