Statue artist captures Kennedy as "family man" - KOTA Territory News

Statue artist captures Kennedy as "family man"

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Rapid City pays tribute to John F. Kennedy year-round as part of the City of President's project.

A bronze statue of the former president stands tall on the corner of Mount Rushmore Road and Main Street.

The statue was created by artist John Lopez in 2003.  Lopez says Kennedy was his number one pick when it came to participating in the project.  He came up with the concept after seeing a picture in a magazine.

"I thought it was a good way to capture the family man.  And we were all kind of taken in by the Kennedys and their family," said Lopez.

Lopez says he loves the story it tells, little John reaching for his favorite toy airplane. Although Lopez wasn't born until 1971, he says he always had a fascination with Kennedy. He even did a book report on him in high school.

But he says the popularity of the president added pressure.

"It was stressful because I wanted to get it right in order to capture Kennedy, one of the presidents most vibrant in our minds," said Lopez.

The likeness took three to four months to complete. 

 

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