For a monument in a parking lot
How might an artist portray a Plott?
The Forga family owns the only downtown parking lot in Hazelwood and wants a statue of a Plott Hound, the N.C. State Dog, put at its center in honor of the late Robert Forga and his wife, Viola. The family engaged the Waynesville Public Art Commission to find an artist, and now the decision’s down to three
There’s a N.C. Highway Historical Marker about the Plott Hound at Hazelwood Elementary School in Waynesville. The dog’s original American breeder, Henry Plott, had lived two miles southwest. The school’s mascot is the Plott Hound, and its creed explains to Plott Hound Pack students “what it means to be a model Plott Hound.” The breed is known for its intelligence, tenacity, sense of smell, and loyalty; and has served as hunter, livestock manager, and protector.
The finalists are:
Jim Collins of Highlands, who creates whimsical, inventively mounted metal silhouettes http://www.collins3d.com/
Todd Frahm of Asheville, who casts iconic, fable-like animal sculptures from clay models http://stonecloudstudio.com/todd-frahm/
Robert Orr of Waynesville, who makes castings of endearing animal figures from clay models http://rosculpts.com/index.html
The decision will be made May 11 at the commission meeting.