The City of Florence has commissioned Tuscaloosa artist Craig R. Wedderspoon to create its entry into the long unfinished series of music statuary for the Shoals area. The statue of a trumpeter will be the third such art work in the area, leaving only Tuscumbia to erect the remaining offering.
Here’s a short bio of Wedderspoon from his website:
Craig R. Wedderspoon, Associate Professor of Sculpture at the University of Alabama, began his work in the tangible manipulation and composition of space and three-dimensional thought in 1985 in Miami, Florida, where he was trained as a glass and crystal carver. In 1988 Craig became the Vice-President of Architectural Art Glass, Inc. in Miami and worked extensively throughout the United States and Caribbean Islands specializing in large-scale design, construction, and installation of carved glass systems. From 1990-92 he was the owner and President of Cwozmar Creative Glass Design in Miami, until it was destroyed in August of 1992 by Hurricane Andrew. Returning to school to study sculpture after Andrew, he completed his undergraduate studies at Florida International University receiving the degree of Bachelor of Fine Art in 1997, and then went on to complete his graduate studies earning the degree of Master of Fine Art in 1999 at Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, Virginia. Craig joined the University of Alabama Department of Art and Art History in the fall of 1999 where he teaches all levels of graduate and undergraduate sculpture and three-dimensional design. While at UA, he has received several research grants and awards for outstanding commitment to students and teaching. His work in the studio focuses on the examination of the intrigue of process and the potential of material to communicate thought in the expression of visual philosophy. As a sculptor, Craig specializes in metal and wood fabrication, and works in a variety of scales for both indoor and outdoor, permanent and temporary installations and exhibitions. Along with multiple solo and group exhibitions, Craig has completed many permanent outdoor commissions for sculpture throughout the United States.
However, artist Widderspoon is no stranger to artistic controversy, having had his artwork compared to giant female breasts, erect phalluses, and a shmoo. See if you can figure out which one this is: