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Celebrating Community Project: Design Through Sculpture

Siouxland Magazine | Spring 2014 Isuueby: Jennifer, Beaverwww.siouxlandmagazine.com It only takes one person to make a ripple in the ocean of humanity and change the world.  That is the message that Celebrating Community Project, the NAACP, and local artis, Mark Avery, wants to convey through the thirteen bronze busts that will soon rest outside of the Martin Luther King Transportation Center Sioux City. The sculpture park started out as a simple idea to give back to those who shaped the […]

Park to feature ‘everyday heros’

The Des Moines Register | Published November 4, 2013Author: Barbara Rodriguez, Associated Presswww.DesMoinesRegister.com An Artist is highlighting the work of more than a dozen community leaders in the Sioux City area by creating bronze sculptures of the individuals for a diversity park. Mark Avery has spent countless hours in his studio meticulously sculpting busts of people he said have been champions of equality and justice, and have helped individuals marginalized in the community. “They’re really what we refer to as […]

Sioux City sculpture park seeks private donations

Sioux City Journal | Published October 26, 2013Author: Nate Robsonwww.siouxcityjournal.com Private fundraising has started for a $540,000 sculpture park celebrating Sioux City’s cultural and racial diversity. Mark Avery, the lead artist for the Diversity Sculpture Park project, said about $70,000 has been raised through grants since April.  Private fundraising is expected to last through the next six months in order to raise the remainder of the funds. The park, to be located downtown along the Nebraska Street side of the […]

Diversity Sculpture Park will honor 14

Sioux City Journal | Published March 21, 2013Author: Lynn Zerschlingwww.siouxcityjournal.com Mark Avery is on a spiritual quest to find the hearts and souls of 14 Siouxlanders. Before he beings fashioning each person’s likeness in clay, Avery needs to know more than what each one looked like. “I want to capture their personality, emotion and spirit, as well as their face in clay,” he told me Tuesday as he sculpted the head of the late community leader Marilyn Murphy. Murphy’s bust […]