Some of the region’s favorite bronze sculptures are given a new shine thanks to more than 40 336 Troop Scouts, 305 Troop Cub Scouts and their leaders, who have undertaken a special service project.
With a short tutorial from Jay and Lisa Anderson of Walla Walla Foundry, the children of founder Mark Anderson, the units cleaned nine sculptures downtown, at the Walla Walla Public Library and at Pioneer Park on Saturday, May 21.
“During the tutorial, Pathfinders learned about the international legacy of the Walla Walla Foundry’s work by making sculptures in many mediums by many of the world’s most famous artists, and some of the places in the world where art from the Walla Walla foundry is on display. This includes the Olympics, downtown New York, the White House Sculpture Garden and the estates of Steven Spielberg and Robin Williams,” Bill Erickson said in a statement.
The Lions and Tigers of Pack 306 cleaned up Tom Otterness’ “Covered Wagon” at Pioneer Park. Scouts from Troop 305 teamed up with the Wolves, Bears, and Webelos of Pack 306 to clean up Nano Lopez’s “Matilda On Her Way To The Market” from the library and Tom Emmerson’s “Mother and Child.”
“Troop 336 drove through downtown Walla Walla and cleaned up Ralph Tretheway’s ‘The Thinker’, Squire Broel’s ‘Blooms In August’ and ‘Lights of the Valley’, Brad Rude’s ‘Thoughts Discovered’, Brad Rude’s ‘Guard Pigeon” by Wayne Chabre, and Wayne Chabre and “A Delicate Balance” by Jeanne McMeney, Erickson said.
Erickson expressed his gratitude to the Walla Walla Foundry for their willingness to work with local scouts, to Peter and Jenni Early for loaning two water hoses, to the more than 40 scouts, scout leaders and parents who came to help and “Byron Vane Peterson for his hours of labor making a barrel concoction that provided us with 100 gallons of mission-critical water.
To learn more about Scouting, Cub Scouts for K-5 or BSA Scouts for ages 11-17, contact District Scout Executive Maryelizabeth Garcia at [email protected] Boy Scouts of America programs are for children from kindergarten through 20 years old.