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SVHS alumnus creates statue of Frank Lloyd Wright
, Bluff Country Newspaper Group
Tuesday, January 07, 2014 2:32 AM
Former first lady Rosalyn Carter, left, with Teena Stern and Don Haugen stand with former president Jimmy Carter behind the life-size bronze sculpture of Rosalyn at Georgia Southwestern State University in Americus, Ga.
This life-size statue of Frank Lloyd Wright created by Spring Valley High School graduate Don Haugen and his wife, Teena Stern, stands on the campus of Florida Southern University.
Spring Valley High School alumnus Don Haugen and his wife, Teena Stern, have completed life-sized sculptures of former first lady Rosalyn Carter and Frank Lloyd Wright during the past year.
Haugen graduated from Spring Valley High School in 1952. He and his wife live in Marietta, Ga.
"It was an honor to be chosen and commissioned to create both of them," said Haugen. "I have been very fortunate in my career choices since graduating from Spring Valley High School so many years ago."
The life-size bronze sculpture of Carter took about a year to complete and was installed at Georgia Southwestern State University in Americus, Ga., last summer. The sculpture required Carter to come to their studio several times for "sittings" over the course of several months, noted Haugen.
The university is where both former president Jimmy Carter and Rosalyn attended college. The Rosalyn Carter Health Complex was dedicated that day as well. The Carters attended, giving speeches along with others that day.
The life-size bronze statue of Frank Lloyd Wright sculpted by Haugen and his wife was dedicated in November at Florida Southern University in Lakeland, Fla.
The Wright sculpture was dedicated along with a never-before-built Wright house that was painstakingly constructed on its original site at Florida Southern College. The 1,700-square-foot house, designed by Wright in 1939 as modest faculty housing, is the 13th structure by the renowned architect to be built on Florida Southern's campus, but the first since Wright's death in 1959.
The campus contains the world's largest collection of Frank Lloyd Wright architecture and was designated a National Historic Landmark in 2012. Wright began his work with Florida Southern in 1938, conceiving a master plan for "a college of tomorrow" that came to include 18 structures, 12 of which were built during Wright's life, between 1938 and 1958.
"I am particularly proud of this sculpture as it is the only life-size sculpture of Frank that exists," said Haugen.
Some of Haugen's work closer to his hometown includes life-sized bronze sculptures of William and Virginia Rose Clemens in the Clemens Gardens in St. Cloud, Minn.
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