The Magnolia Historical Society has commissioned sculptor John Leglar, a Magnolia resident, to produce stonework that will be a permanent display in the Magnolia Village. This is part of the Historical Society’s 10th anniversary celebration.
Leglar has worked with various local public artists and sculptors on many projects, including hand carving rosette samples for the Washington State capital renovation project.
The sculpture will be a Texas limestone panel in bas-relief, hand drawn and hand-carved. Leglar’s design will feature several iconic images from Magnolia’s past and present. Inset in the middle, will be the first plat map showing the outlines of the claims of the first five settlers of Magnolia. The piece will portray such familiar sights as the West Point Lighthouse, Magnolia’s first landmark and the Magnolia Bridge. Magnolia’s namesake flower will be included and so will Magnolia’s famous Madrona trees which were mistaken for Magnolias by early explorers. Other images will include a steam locomotive relating to the early days at Smith Cove and there will also be short descriptions honoring Magnolia’s native heritage and Dr. Henry Smith, Magnolia’s first pioneer.
The unveiling will be on April 10th, 2011 in a ceremony sponsored by the Magnolia Historical Society. The specific location of the ceremony will be announced soon. More information here.