Student Portfolio: veterans memorial arbor bronze bust
Aldridge Gardens, in association with the non-profit Vettes-4-Vets, had begun the construction of Veterans Memorial Arbor, an outdoor memorial for Alabama veterans. In this memorial, two cast bronze busts of remembered Alabamian veterans will be positioned on each side of a columned entrance to a commemorative sanctuary. Stacey Holloway, Assistant Professor of Sculpture in the Department of Art & Art History, and Charles Monroe, Assistant Professor of Engineering in the Material Science & Engineering, were contacted by Mark Davis, founder and president of the University of Ultrasonics and president of Vettes-4-Vets, to help in the completion of one of the two busts that will be displayed in the future memorial at Aldridge Gardens. In the summer of 2016, UAB senior Bryce Martinez through a UAB Presential Summer Research Scholarship produced a commemorative bronze likeness to Lance Corporal Thomas E. Rivers, Jr., USMC, who was killed in action in Helmand Province, Afghanistan in April 2010. The lost wax and ceramic shell foundry process was completed at the UA Department of Art & Art History Foundry in Tuscaloosa, Ala. with the assistance of Craig Wedderspoon, Professor of Sculpture.
Tuesday, November 7, 2016, Professor Holloway and Martinez were mentioned and thanked during a ribbon-cutting ceremony to open the Veterans Memorial Arbor at Aldridge Gardens in Hoover, Ala.