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Sunday, January 22, 2012

JOSEPH VAN WOLF AT HIS FATHER'S FAMOUS SCULPTURE IN VAN NUYS

CHERISHING OUR VALLEY   2012

It rained hard on Friday night, and as much as the San Fernando Valley needed the water, Richard Hilton kept his fingers crossed that the weather would clear for The Museum's historic walking tour of Van Nuys. It did!  
A modest group of walking tourists joined Hilton, Director of Museum Tours and Adventures, despite dire predictions of downpours. In actuality, one couldn't ask for a better day for the two and a half walk. It was cool and crisp, but not cold. 
 Joseph Van Wolf stands by the sculpture of Fernando by his father Henry Van Wolf. January 2012
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A special treat awaited our intrepid walkers, when they stopped to learn about the famous Fernando sculpture standing in front of the court buildings. Among the walkers was Joseph Van Wolf, the son of the statue's sculptor Henry Van Wolf. Joe shared stories about how his dad had him flex his arms and hands as models, as well as how the massive sculpture piece was made and transported to the heart of Van Nuys and the center of the San Fernando Valley.
 

1 comment:

constance said...

It must have been fascinating to hear about how that wonderful statue was made. I pass it so often, and always admire Fernando. Sorry I missed the talk!