Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Sculpture memorializes Randy Hess

Piece is first permanent installation of Fourth Street project

Express Staff Writer

Bruce Smith, second from left, looks on with others at his latest creation, "River Song." The sculpture was installed on Fourth Street in memory of Randy Hess. Photo by Willy Cook

About 50 people gathered Saturday for the dedication of the first permanent art installation along the Fourth Street Heritage Corridor. The sculpture was created in memory of Randy Hess, a Ketchum resident and founder of White Otter Outdoor Adventures, who died last April in the Snake River Canyon below the Hansen Bridge near Twin Falls.

Bruce Smith, a nationally recognized, award-winning sculptor and friend of Hess', created the piece, titled "River Song." The sculpture is cast in bronze and is an abstract representation of the beauty and power of a wild river.

The sculpture can be seen at the corner of Fourth Street and Leadville Avenue, in front of Ozzie's Shoes and the Coffee Grinder.

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