A memorial to commemorate Harlem Renaissance writer, folklorist, and anthropologist Zora Neale Hurston. Zora Neale Hurston Memorial The Stately Beautiful Remembrance of a Special Life Created by Gifted Artist James Liccione
The following is about the Zora Neale Hurston Memorial by James Liccione
“I wanted to do something soulful, enchanting, and inviting - a visual
poetic memorial to this special life. I didn’t want to just do just a
statue sculpture sitting there at the gravesite. I wanted to do
something that would tell a story of her life. I modeled several
likenesses of Zora in different times of her life. In all of the Zora
likenesses, I depicted her smiling and I wanted to capture the twinkle
in her eye, her knowing look, and soulful eyes.
The best way for me to tell the story of Zora is with bas-relief
sculptures on panels that would be set onto columns. The bas-relief
sculptures are made of terra cotta clay and fired, which is an
excellent outdoor material that has been used for centuries. The
pieces are liquid copper coated and patinated, which is an
oxidizer that will give a warm aged look to the pieces. The liquid
copper is in fact an outdoor paint with copper filings immersed in the
Zora loved roses and flamboyant hats, so I have embellished some of
the panels with roses and embellished some of the panels with her
flamboyant hats – (I hope the younger kids will get a kick out of the
hats.) Books and literature were a big part of her life, so to show
this I modeled several books, the books look well worn and well
used. A couple of the panels are depictions of her quotes including,
“Jump at the Sun,” with one of the panels depicting a young girl
jumping at the sun.
I hope people who visit the gravesite will walk away with a warm
feeling and enjoy the sculptures for what they are and the story that
they tell of a great woman.” James Liccione
This has been the story of a special birth of the Zora Neale Hurston Memorial by the renowned artist James Liccione.
Zora Neale Hurston Memorial The Stately Beautiful Remembrance of a Special Life. Dedicated to Zora Neale Hurston. The Zora Neale Hurston Memorial is located on the walkway that leads to the Zora Neale Hurston grave.