We are pleased to announce a first-ever guest contributor to our weblog, Tony Motto. I am sure most residents of The Woodlands have read the recent articles in the Houston Chronicle and The Villager about Tony’s efforts to create awareness of the numerous outdoor sculptures in The Woodlands. His new book, “The Woodlands Outdoor Sculptures”, is available online at Borders, Good Books in The Woods, and Once and Again Books. In future posts, Tony will provide information on his newly-created Support Woodlands Art Foundation and planned guided tours. Here is Tony’s first post:
I just learned that on Dec. 1st, 2009, Clement Renzi, creator of the “Children At Play” sculpture located in Panther Creek Shopping Center, passed away at age 84 after a brief battle with cancer. His wife Dorothy shared with me that a beautiful slideshow of all Clem’s work was presented during the service.
Clem was one of the first sculptors to support my endeavor to build awareness of the outdoor sculpture collection and I count myself lucky to have visited with him many times. “Children At Play” was the eighth sculpture to be added to The Woodlands outdoor art collection, the second bronze statue, and the second to be positioned in a shopping center.
The first bronze was “Tomorrow” by Charles Parks which was originally placed in Grogan’s Mill Shopping Center and now is located at the entrance to the Home Finder’s Center on Woodlands Parkway.
Please take a moment and visit Mr. Renzi’s artwork in the Panther Creek Shopping Center (between Randall’s and Los Cucos Restaurant) and enjoy the spirit of happiness portrayed by “Children At Play.”