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Alan LeQuire

Best known today for his monumental Athena Parthenos, the largest indoor statue in the western world, Alan LeQuire began his artistic career at the age of eleven, when he first began to make objects in tin and copper. By the end of his high school years LeQuire was concentrating principally on sculpture, but at Vanderbilt University he studied English literature and art history rather than studio art. Though he had experimented considerably with abstract sculpture, in his early twenties he felt an increasing dissatisfaction with the arid, cerebral quality of contemporary abstraction. His effort to educate himself in some other fashion led to an apprenticeship to Milton Hebald, an American sculptor living in Italy. With guidance from Hebald and master craftsmen of Italian bronze foundries, he discovered both practical and philosophical approaches to figurative sculpture, which were on the verge of being lost altogether from modern artistic intelligence. At Hebald’s establishment in the Roman campagna, he experienced a version of pastoral in some ways similar to what he’d known during his childhood in the American South. Returning to the United States, LeQuire completed the Master of Fine Arts degree at the University of North Carolina in Greensboro, where he continued to study figurative sculpture with Peter Agostini. Within a year of his 1981 graduation, he competed and won the commission to recreate for the Parthenon in Nashville the lost Athena Parthenos by fifth-century G

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