Sculptures added to the Blairsville collection | Community News
A new piece has been added to the Blairsville sculpture project. This was done by the late John McCombie.
McCombie was a local artist best known for his bronze casting.
The “Red-tailed Falcon”, which is in the Kovalchick Sports and Convention Center, and “Rest on Arms”, the statue of a Civil War soldier that stands in front of the Clark House in Indiana, are two of his best known. rooms. McCombie was a Vietnam veteran and a man who truly believed in community spirit, Joy Fairbanks said in a press release.
“He would have loved to know that one of his sculptures was part of this project,” said Fairbanks. McCombie and Fairbanks were IUP classmates and worked together in the sculpture studio. When Fairbanks spoke to her widow, Barb, she was delighted to donate some of her early works and place it in Blairsville.
“We were also fortunate to have Terry Barnhart on board to make the necessary repairs and apply a new coat of paint to the sculpture,” said Fairbanks. “Barnhart’s Blasting and Fabricating is not used to having sculptures come into the business. We were very happy that Terry took care of it.
Fairbanks also thanked Economy Construction for the muscle power needed to move the piece from Tanoma Road to Blairsville and then adding the base cushion for support. Colors, from Indiana, also made a generous donation to the project.
“As always, Joe Spiaggi and the Borough team were there to lend a hand. It was another good example of community teamwork, ”she said.
The second new sculpture is a simple statement flower made by students at the Indiana County Technology Center, under the direction of Louis Toth. This piece was part of an exhibition at the Artists Hand Gallery. It was purchased by Cis Ottie and donated to the sculpture project.