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Artist installs new downtown sculpture

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Published:   |   Updated: May 5, 2013 at 11:46 AM

BROOKSVILLE Artist James Oleson instructed a city crew how to place his 500-pound equine sculpture just so outside of city hall on Thursday afternoon.

The Brooksville artist, who works out of a studio on Central Avenue in St. Petersburg, said the piece, called “Knight Returns,” was made entirely of repurposed materials that people had thrown away.

Oleson said the materials, some rusted, were torch cut and welded together. The artist, who said he is always working on a few sculptures at the same time, and that the piece is part of a “rotating exhibit,” and will be on display in downtown Brooksville for the next two years.

This is Oleson’s third horse statute displayed outside of city hall in recent years. In 2010, Oleson installed a larger-than-life-sized statue after the first was sold to an art gallery in Jacksonville.

Oleson’s wife, Rachel Fogarty Oleson, was named coordinator of the Brooksville City Hall Art Gallery earlier in the year.


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