"Arise," the sculpture that sits at the intersection of Access Road and Hixson Pike, has risen again after being damaged in February's tornadoes. Despite being super-strong - made of fabricated steel and stainless mild steel and weighing in at 1,800 pounds - it was knocked over and had to be repaired.
Creator Andrew Light said he repaired it by sandblasting it, re-welding seams and cracks and putting a new coat sealer before using heavy equipment to put it back on its pad. It will now be a permanent fixture in Hixson. The city of Chattanooga Parks and Recreation helped landscape around the sculpture, placing straw, mulch, nandina bushes and knockout rose bushes around it.
He said the sculpture is called "Arise" because all four points reach upward.
Friends of Hixson purchased the statue with the help of a matching grant from Hamilton County. The Lyndhurst Foundation and Marshall Mize Ford also pitched in to help with leasing and purchasing the sculpture, which totaled $11,000.
"I built 'Arise' in my 2002-2003 as an undergraduate at the University of Kentucky," said Light. "It took two months. It was part of a community student program to understand monumental sculpture."
Another sculpture created by Light, "Fiercely (Over I)," weighing in at 2,500 pounds, can be found inside The Gallery in Red Bank.
Light said he began his college years as an architect major, but decided to switch to art. His sculptures can now be found in Solsberry, Ind., Tallahassee, Fla., and Lexington, Ky.; and in homes in California, Colorado, Kentucky, Indiana and North Carolina. He studied with local artist John Henry, of Chattanooga. Light, who lives in Lexington, Ky., said he envisions moving back to Chattanooga one day. He said he likes the local artistic community.