Twin Falls artist hopes to inspire community with Downtown Commons statue
Twin Falls artist and sculptor David LaMure Jr. started sculpting at age 12, learning the traits from his uncle in clay art, he fell in love with it. He took college classes in painting and ventured out in different mediums of art.
“I love working with three dimensional things, I like to make things looks malleable and flexible and then once they’re created in bronze they become solidified,” LaMure said. “That whole idea of having a piece that's seen in all different sizes it’s really a strong point for me.”
LaMure completed a statue for the city’s Downtown Commons celebration. The piece is meant to be "A Vision of Tomorrow," an 8 foot sculpture of the Twin Falls' first surveyor John Hayes.
About three and half years ago LaMure started the concept with creating small maquette of John Hayes, which is a small preliminary model. When he was presented with idea of the Hayes sculpture he was thrilled and honored.
"The study helped me pay attention to the composition and the design and the feel of the piece all the way around, because I just had this one dimensional photograph to work from," LaMure said.
LaMure said Hayes made his first mark on Shoshone Street and Main Avenue,
“The heart he had to have to believe that you can take a place like this, where water was 486 feet down and there was a lot of sagebrush and basalt and everything else and to create a town of out this, I can’t imagine in that timeframe. So for me I feel John’s presence,” said LaMure Jr.
LaMure said every detail on the statue has significance.
“To the ground that he stands on and the radius that he stands on,and the radius that he's on, is actually, the center is his heart,” he added about the statue becoming an inspiration for the community. “My intention is that they will have an inspiration and an enthusiasm for themselves, to know that everything they do has an impact. Just like John had an impact when he put the first mark down."
The Twin Falls Downtown Commons grand opening will start at 4 p.m. Friday at the corner of Main Avenue East and Hansen Street East, with lots of activities for the community to enjoy.