IVINS – The City of Ivins has commissioned Ivins resident and world-renowned sculptor Edward Hlavka to sculpt an 18-foot-tall bronze centerpiece for the new Snow Canyon Parkway-Snow Canyon Drive intersection roundabout.
The centerpiece design was spawned by the Ivins citizens who entered a city-sponsored design idea contest several months ago.
“There were several outstanding entries reflecting various views of our city, past and present,” Mayor Chris Hart said. “Those ideas have gradually evolved into a multi-figure sculpture that touches on both.”
Facing west is the figure of a Native American boy in a crouched position, holding a flute in one hand and gazing at a butterfly perched on his other hand. This figure is a tribute to the Paiute Indians, the earliest residents of the Ivins area, and a statement that music and art transcend time and culture.
Facing south stands a farmer beside his plow, representing the early settlers of Ivins. These determined and hardworking farmers dug a canal to bring irrigation water from Gunlock to the Santa Clara Bench and created the township that has become the modern-day city of Ivins.
Facing Snow Canyon State Park is the figure of a hiker sitting on a rock, pondering the beauty that surrounds him. He represents health, fitness and the outdoor recreation for which Ivins and all of Southern Utah are becoming increasingly well known.
Facing the Tuacahn Amphitheatre and Center for the Arts is the figure of a passionate female singer, a tribute to the performing arts that have become such a significant part of the local culture of Ivins. She represents Tuacahn, Tuacahn High School for the Performing Arts, Vista Charter School and the recently announced Arts Center in Kayenta.
In the center of the sculpture stands a painter, brush in hand, reaching upwards as if she were painting the sky. She is a tribute to the thriving art community of Kayenta.
Hlavka, who also sculpted “The Mustangs” bronze centerpiece on another roundabout on Snow Canyon Parkway, will take nearly a year to complete this work.
During that time, the city hopes to raise $58,000 for its construction and installation. They will approach local businesses for assistance and invite all community members to contribute as much as they can. Donations can be made at Ivins City Hall or attached to Ivins residents’ utility payments.
“Thank you for your help in developing this idea and making it a reality,” Hart said.
Submitted by: City of Ivins