ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT

Sometime this summer, there'll be a family revolution on the lawn of the Urban League of Greater Chattanooga.

It'll be a quiet revolution, however. Silent, in fact.

"Family Revolution" is the name of a 20-foot-tall stainless-steel sculpture that will be placed at the league's building on M.L. King Boulevard.

In a rendering, the sculpture is a tangle of swirling, curved arms, legs, heads and torsos, all straining upward to end in a large ring containing a child.

"When people look at it, I hope they see what the Urban League is aspiring to do," said James McKissic, the organization's chief operating officer, "to make sure families are financially, physically and educationally empowered and ready for the future."

The Urban League is receiving the artwork through the city's Art in the Neighborhoods program. The Lyndhurst Foundation provided $5,000 through a matching grant that will allow the statue to be built and to remain in Chattanooga for two years.

Businesses and private donors are supplying the matching money, said Peggy Townsend, the city's public art advisor.

Urban League officials plan to raise money to purchase the sculpture, estimated to cost between $40,000 and $45,000, Ms. Townsend said. It is being made by Garry Bibbs, associate professor and head of sculpture at the University of Kentucky.

When approaching the regional art community for art ideas, league officials asked them to help celebrate family empowerment with a visual statement. Mr. Bibbs' artwork was designed specifically with that theme in mind, Ms. Townsend said.

Urban League officials said they wanted the sculpture to illustrate their new goal of working more with families than individuals.

"In the past, we served individuals, but we saw that we really can't make an impact unless we serve the entire family," Mr. McKissic said.

Now, when a person comes in to learn job skills, Urban League officials ask if they also need child care, he said.

ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT