22 Dec 2017

Facelift Restores Heritage’s Wings

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Artist restoring WingsThrough rain, wind, snow and blazing heat, the university’s bronze statue They Shall Mount up on Wings as Eagles has stood for 15 years at the entrance of Heritage University, welcoming all who enter. All those years in the harsh elements had taken their toll on the sculpture. In October, Wings, as it is affectionately known, received a facelift when a professional restorer from the Walla Walla Foundry completed an intensive cleaning to bring it back to its original glory.

Originally commissioned by former Board Chair Jim Smith and designed by architect Ed Weber, the statue was installed for the university’s 20th anniversary. It was inspired by the quote “They shall mount up on wings as eagles” in the Book of Isaiah in the Hebrew Scriptures. It is cast in natural-finished bronze, is 12 feet tall and weighs more than a ton. A generous donation by Smith and his wife, Marky, covered the entire cost of the development, creation and installation of the artwork.

Wings Rededication“They (the university’s students and faculty and staff) work so hard, I want them to have something uplifting when they come to campus each day,” said Smith when the statue was dedicated.

The restoration of the statue took three days to complete. An audience of Heritage students, faculty and staff, community members, and supporters, including Smith and Weber, helped to rededicate the statue after its restoration.

“This was a work of love and art and patience, and to see its beauty diminish over the past few years has been very hard,” said Smith. “So we’re thrilled to see the beauty of the statue restored to the way it originally was.”

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