TUSCALOOSA CELEBRATES 200 YEARS

By WVUA 23 Reporter Libbi Farrow

Happy 200th Birthday Tuscaloosa!

The city placed a sculpture depicting Minerva, the Roman goddess of wisdom and strategy, along with the University of Alabama’s Manderson Landing as well as a time capsule.

The statue was created by two local artists who collaborated for two years to bring it to life.

Professor of Sculpture at the University of Alabama, Craig Wedderspoon said it has been a long process.

“It’s just an idea as you move through the river your moving through time as your approaching Caleb’s statue to Minerva, who’s looking towards the future,” Wedderspoon said.

Today many gathered at Manderson Landing for Tuscaloosa’s 200th birthday to reveal the sculpture of Minerva, but in 50 years we’ll be back to open the time capsule.

The statue is 30 feet tall and weighs 9,500 pounds. Sculptor, Caleb O’Connor designed the model in his Tuscaloosa studio and the full-scale sculpture was cast in Italy.

“I think it’s important because when you look at a large scale of time you realize that the world really is what we decide to make it,” O’Connor said.

The minerva sculpture and path to minerva project was given as gifts to the citizens of Tuscaloosa and the University of Alabama. It was entirely funded from an anonymous donor.

The time capsule holds content that represents 12 themes, which include arts and entertainment ; sports and athletics; infrastructure; education; and civil rights and diversity.

Minerva can be seen day and night, be sure to check it out at the Manderson Landing.

 

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