American Pride Sculpture

The patriotic theme for National Post Card Week 2009  would be based on a new sculpture relief. After many sketches, I arrived at a satisfactory design of a patriotic manhole cover for a sidewalk scene.  American Pride Icon




Believe it or not, finishing the relief edge was very time consuming.  The top layer was of cement embedded with crushed stone.  The lower level was pebble filled dirt. Lots of holes had to be punched into the foam for the pebbles to “take root.”

Relief Edge

Relief Edge

The final task involved some creative thinking and practice in lettering.  What would a child write on the sidewalk? “I luv the USA!” fit the space.   Young children often write “luv” for love and some of their letters are written backwards. Whose name should I use? Molly was perfect. It was old fashioned and it complimented the scene.

American Pride Sculptor

The 2009 post card can be seen under my website bio.

15 Responses to “American Pride Sculpture”

  1. Sandy Wicker Says:

    Dear Bobbi,
    You know I love sunflowers, lilacs and hydrangeas.

    But the flowers of your creativity, “2009 American Pride”
    and all your other “Grate Works” are amazing. I am so
    proud of you! (Exclamation points seem most appropriate!!)

    Please do keep in touch. I never tire of your “Bobbisms”-
    maybe they inspire!
    Much love,
    7/8/09 (Interesting Date!)

  2. June Long-Schuman Says:

    Hi Bobbie,
    The sculpture is beautiful! Bravo! Thanks for keeping me on your mailing list.

  3. Shirley Lloyd Says:

    What a creative idea and it materialized into a perfect item! Love it!

  4. Penny and Skip Torch Says:

    Hi Bobby, Don’t know if you remember Skip and I but found this sculpture very interesting. Congratulations! A few years ago Stan Zimmerman and wife Helen (Taylor) came to the DK picnic at West Side Rowing Club (which took place today). She exhibits her art work down in Florida. Great to see successful products of Bflo State.

  5. Christine Hensley-Robbins Says:

    That’s my cousin!!!! And I love her!!!!

  6. Bobbi Miller Says:

    It’s such a pleasure to see your work.

    Have a great summer.

    Bobbi Miller

  7. Earl Babbie Says:

    A wonderful sculpture. Somehow it communicates to me that you can deeply love America without having to hate anyone else. I worry about the xenophobic patriotism implied in so many bumper stickers, but this sculpture just felt good. Thanks for doing it.
    Earl Babbie
    Campbell Professor Emeritus
    in Behavioral Sciences

  8. Rose M. Ditto Says:

    Thank you, Bobbi, for your neat post card
    “American Pride” — beautiful!
    Say “Hello” to your GFWC Women’s Book Club at
    your “super-active retirement community” of Solivita!

    Have a wonderful GFWC club year!
    ROSE M. DITTO, Ph.D.
    International President
    General Federation of Women’s Clubs
    GFWC—Dedicated to Community Improvement by
    Enhancing the Lives of Others through Volunteer Service.

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  10. Prof. M.Browne Says:

    Sorry to be a bit late in commenting butI just came across this post and found ‘American Pride’ worthy of praise.

  11. Katie Weston Says:

    Now if all the manhole covers here looked like that the world would be a brighter and happier place 🙂


  12. Idalia Pons Velez Says:

    Bobbi….I love your work, however, this is more personal to my heart as I have 8 members of my family in the military. Thank you for honoring them all. And..thank you for hosting my brother James and his wife Jackie, both in the USAF and now stationed in Germany. You are special, you’re blessed and you’re “luved” by us all. Aren’t I lucky to live next door!!

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