Mason artist Johnny Hagerman, who created the work, also captured the county's railroad heritage by incorporating tracks as a design element, and paid homage to the sculpture's new home with a large aircraft wing jutting from the wall.
, who carved the work at his
studio in Pounding Mill, a small community in southwestern Virginia, had it shipped in segments to the airport just off of U.S. 1 in northeastern Lee County.
and associate Thomas Hagerman spent more than a week preparing the space and installing the sculpture.
applied mortar to one piece of the sculpture and gently tapped it into place, Thomas was moving quickly around the terminal floor, laying out carved bricks that would compose the next section.
Johnny works for General Shale Brick, which donated the sculpture to the airport.
The company, based in Johnson City, Tenn., operates four brick plants and employs hundreds of people in Sanford and the immediate area.
In addition to the airport project, Johnny
and Thomas, who helps with carving and installation, are currently working on sculptures to be installed in an elementary school and an outdoor park for visually handicapped children.
In some ways, that's the same thing artist Johnny Hagerman had in mind when he created the brick sculpture now standing in the terminal lobby -- to help people take a fresh look, and gain a new perspective, of the area and what it has to offer.
The Lee County Economic Development Corp.
is a nonprofit organization established to attract industry, enhance job opportunities and promote sound planning across Lee County.
Funding is provided by the county, as well as the City of Sanford and Town of Broadway, the two county municipalities. -- 30 -- Media Contacts: Bob Heuts, Director Jane Haber, Administrative Assistant 919-774-8439 (phone) 919-775-5410 (fax) email@example.com (e-mail) LCEDC Media Web: http://www.lcedc.com/media/ This release: http://www.lcedc.com/media/releases/nr082106.txt Sanford-Lee Airport: http://www.sanford-leecoairport.com PHOTOS: Brick Sculpture Being Installed Johnny Hagerman uses tools to shape mortar joining two bricks in the sculpture.
http://www.lcedc.com/media/temp/IMG_4338_sm.jpg Johnny Hagerman
adjusts one brick.
http://www.lcedc.com/media/temp/IMG_4340_sm.jpg Bricks on the floor, waiting to be installed.
http://www.lcedc.com/media/temp/IMG_4352_sm.jpg Johnny Hagerman
applies mortar to one brick.
http://www.lcedc.com/media/temp/IMG_4374_sm.jpg A wide view of Johnny Hagerman
at work on the brick sculpture.
http://www.lcedc.com/media/temp/IMG_4379_sm.jpg A map of North Carolina showing Sanford, one central portion of the brick sculpture.
http://www.lcedc.com/media/temp/IMG_4385_sm.jpg Tools of the mason artist.
http://www.lcedc.com/media/temp/IMG_4403_sm.jpg Johnny Hagerman
installs more bricks into the sculpture.
http://www.lcedc.com/media/temp/IMG_4409_sm.jpg More tools of the trade.
http://www.lcedc.com/media/temp/IMG_4412_sm.jpg Wide shot of Johnny Hagerman
and Thomas Hagerman working on the brick sculpture.