Large sculptures of four famous composers were an extraordinary find at auction for Dana Jensen, Vender 1, at the Brass Armadillo Antique Mall in Denver. They measure up to 27 inches tall and weigh as much as 90 lbs. These sculptures were created by sculptor & pianist Wee Wuone Park, a Korean student at the University of Wyoming, and unveiled at a classical music concert in 1959. Along with the original sculptures, Mr. Jensen also purchased hundreds of classical vinyl records. Taped to the front of one of the record sleeves was a program of the concert with a photograph of Wee Park sitting at his piano and three of the four busts in the background. Inside the sleeve was an LP record of that concert/unveiling in 1959. In reviewing the program, Mr. Jensen made a discovery that helped him to realize how extraordinary his find was.
Printed within the program is a dedication by Wee Park to Robert Russin, "Distinguised Sculptor and Inspiring Teacher". Robert Russin was not only a University of Wyoming professor where he taught Wee Park, but he was also an American sculptor and artist known for a number of public sculptures including the giant bust of Abraham Lincoln located near Laramie, Wyoming. The bust of Lincoln and Park's busts were created in 1959. The similarities of the work of teacher and student are remarkable.
The sculpted busts of Rachmaninoff, Bach and Beethoven have now found a resting place on display in what was referred to by another vender as the Denver Brass Armadillo's very own "Culture Corner". This "Culture Corner" comes complete with beautiful display boxes created by the General Manager, Scott Gottula, and the music of the composers playing in the background.
The Beethoven bust, originally sculpted with terra-cotta clay, has been cast in bronze by the world famous foundry, Broze Services Inc., in Loveland, Colorado. Rachmaninoff, Bach and Brahms have not yet been cast. The Beethoven bronze is currently for sale. For more information on this piece or for future castings of the other three originals, please contact Dana Jensen at 720-878-2893 or the Brass Armadillo Antique Mall in Denver at 1-877-403-1677.