FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 7, 2014
Contact: Rosalie Frudakis, 215-884-9433
The North Carolina Arboretum Selects Frudakis for Sculpture of Frederick Law Olmsted
In a competition between leading US sculptors, The North Carolina Arboretum, Asheville, North Carolina, (TNCAS) selected Zenos Frudakis to create the definitive sculpture of renowned landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted. The bronze sculpture, seven to eight feet high, will be prominently sited in the Arboretum’s grounds facing the Education Center.
Born in 1822, Frederick Law Olmsted is often considered the father of American landscape architecture in addition to his careers as a journalist and social critic. Perhaps best known for re-configuring Central Park, his projects included a coordinated system of public parks and pathways in Buffalo, New York; creation of the Niagara Reservation in Niagara Falls; the Emerald Necklace in Boston; and the 1893 Columbian Exposition.
TNCAS’ interest in Olmsted extends from his designs for the Vanderbilt’s Biltmore Estate in Asheville. George Briggs, Executive Director of the Arboretum said:
“The North Carolina Arboretum is both excited and honored to become the home of a defining sculptural representation of Frederick Law Olmsted. Who better to carry the artistic responsibility than Zenos Frudakis, one of America's most noted sculptors whose portfolio includes a vast array of distinguished societal leaders? We are delighted to have the opportunity of pairing these two giants – Olmsted and Frudakis -- within their respective generations and art forms for the enjoyment and education of our visitors and students.”
The sculpture is due to be installed in Spring, 2015.