Life-size bronze sculpture of Andersen
A new life-size bronze sculpture of Hans Christian Andersen was dedicated during an unveiling ceremony held in the Scandinavian Heritage Park, Minot, North Dakota.
By ms - H.C. Andersen 2005 - 08 November 2004
On October 5, 2004, a new life-size bronze sculpture of Hans Christian Andersen was dedicated during an unveiling ceremony held in the Scandinavian Heritage Park, Minot, North Dakota. The unveiling ceremony included dignitaries from all five Scandinavian countries.
Anelise Sawkins, the Danish Consulate for the Midwestern states, is quoted by the Minot Daily News as having said,
"The statue dedication was a great day for the Danes in America."
Dennis Jacobsen, president of the Souris River Danish Society, donated the sculpture to the park after his organization received funding for the project from Lynn and Marilyn Odland. Lynn's mother, Alice (Nelson) Odland, was an elementary teacher in Minot for many years. She often read to her students stories written by the famous author Hans Christian Andersen.
The sculpture was created by artist Shari L. Hamilton, of Westhope, North Dakota. Mrs. Hamilton is a descendant of Norwegian immigrants to the United States from Oslo (Christiania).
She is a gifted award winning sculpture artist who has lived in several countries in Europe and North America and has toured many of the great museums of world. Her artwork is influenced by the great masters, as is most evident in her sculpture work and paintings.
Visit her website at: http://home.att.net/~hamilton.m.e/