(AMERICAN, BORN 1939)
Heritage Schooner for Debra Lakin, September 30, 1998, 1998
forged and fabricated steel, steel pipe, machined steel and mechanical parts, granite base, industrial enamel paints
204 x 80 x 8 inches
Laumeier Sculpture Park Commission, with funds raised to commemorate Debra Lakin
George Greenamyer’s Heritage Schooner for Debra Lakin, September 30, 1998, 1998, pays homage to Laumeier’s former Director of Marketing and Public Relations, Debra Lakin. Greenamyer was approached by Lakin to create a commemorative sculpture shortly before her passing in 1998. The piece is a narrative illustration of her personal and professional family. The kinetic schooner depicts the boat Lakin had traveled on in Maine. She sits at the bow playing her favorite music by Claude Debussy. Her faithful German Shepherd sits behind her, along with former Laumeier employees who hold blocks of ice and fire to represent specific festivities at the Park. Lakin's brother and sister are also along for the adventure, carrying meaningful symbols including a Mickey Mouse hat and an evergreen tree. Lastly, her parents are seated at the tiller, safely guiding the boat and its passengers through the wind.
George Greenamyer was born in Cleveland in 1939. He earned his B.F.A. from the Philadelphia College of Art in 1963 and his M.F.A. from the University of Kansas in 1969. For more than thirty years, Greenamyer taught at the Massachusetts College of Art. He received a grant from Massachusetts Arts and Humanities Foundation in 1977 and the Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation in 1977. Greenamyer's works are represented in collections including deCordova Museum and Sculpture Park, Lincoln, Massachusetts; the Art Complex Museum, Duxbury, Massachusetts; and Boston University.
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