Antelope Valley Citizens Want to See Larry Chimbole Bronzed
AV Nice, the City of Palmdale, and local citizens are working together to raise funds to create a bronze statue of Palmdale’s first mayor, Larry Chimbole. Chris Spicher, founder of AV Nice (a grassroots, loose-knit group which promotes all things nice in the Antelope Valley), has verbalized the statue concept for many years. His idea is beginning to take shape.
A small committee of involved citizens is working to bring the bronze statue idea to fruition. What started as a single statue concept has evolved into a series of statues entitled “Local Legends” which will honor many of Palmdale’s movers and shakers with public art pieces.
First in the series is Larry Chimbole, one of the 50 Grand Men who helped incorporate the City of Palmdale. Chimbole served as the city’s first mayor and also represented the Antelope Valley as a State Assemblyman. Chimbole, who will turn 95 this May, is still actively involved in the community and is very proud to call Palmdale his home. Chimbole will be featured seated on a bench with one arm resting atop the back of the bench to encourage visitors to sit and visit with this local legend. The life-size replica of Chimbole will be located in Poncitlan Square.
Selection of additional Local Legends is pending.
Local Legends Bronze Statue of Mr Larry Chimbole, Palmdale, CA
Local artist Michael De Medina of American Metal Arts Studios in Palmdale has been selected to create the Larry Chimbole statue. De Medina, sculptor, jeweler, and craftsman, has designed and produced sculptures and gifts for corporations such as GM, Max Factor, Sperry Rand, Phillip Morris, AT&T, 20th Century Insurance CO., Mattel Toys and Fluor Corp. His pieces range from jewelry in precious metals to architectural sculptures to life-size bronze portraits.
The estimated cost of a single bench is $45,000 to $50,000 and the creation process will take about one year. Citizens and businesses are asked to make contributions to the project, which will bring a new form of public art to our area. Several contributors have already come forward, but more community and business support is needed to reach our funding goal. A fundraising dinner show will take place on Tuesday, May 27, 2014 at 6:00pm at the Chimbole Cultural Center. Tickets are $50 single/$95 couple. Dinner, entertainment, basket raffle and an auction will be provided.
Tax deductible donations may be made online at http://www.cityofpalmdale.org/foundation/donate.asp (select Larry Chimbole Statue) or sent to Palmdale Community Foundation, 38300 Sierra Highway, Palmdale, CA 93550. Donations should be made payable to Palmdale Community Foundation. The Foundation is a non-profit 501(c)3 established in 1997 by the Palmdale City Council to allow donations to be made for City programs.
The Local Legends Committee members are: Chris Spicher, Stacia Nemeth, Judy Cooperberg, Dave Childs, Sandy Corrales-Eneix, Patricia Shaw, Vicki Medina, Dayle DeBry, Russ Williams, and Ingrid Chapman.
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