New HCAM Sculpture Embodies Values

New HCAM Sculpture Embodies Values
Posted on 10/08/2019

A collaborative piece of art stands in front of Hickory Career and Arts High School (HCAM). The sculpture, created by students and staff at the school, was completed by regional artist, Bob Doster, an award-winning, internationally acclaimed metal sculptor.

Designed by the HCAM students who are members of the National Art Honor Society, the sculpture represents “unity” with the top of the sculpture consisting of two crescent shapes that enclose a circle. According to HCAM art instructor, Melissa Jaroszewski, one of the crescents represents the community and parents of HCAM while the other represents the faculty and staff. The circle represents the students.

During the spring of 2019, the students, along with several faculty and staff members, created the base of the sculpture. Each person created a symbolic representation of themselves and then they worked with Doster to cut the metal design.

Doster returned to his studio, Backstreet Studio, in Lancaster, SC, to polish and weld all of the pieces, fabricating the large crescents and circle shapes for the top.

“Circling around the sculpture, the student selected words that embody the core values of our school,” said Jaroszewski. “Unity, Creativity, Diversity, Strength, Pride, Knowledge, Endurance, and Community" —were all incorporated in to the design.

“I believe the project is a great testament to the school’s vision of building community inside and outside of Hickory Career and Arts Magnet High,” said Eric Puryear, HCAM principal. “The sculpture does, indeed, display our core values, while showing how all stakeholders are involved in the process.”


A new art sculpture is now on the campus of Hickory Career & Arts Magnet High School (HCAM). 
(Standing, L-R) Principal Eric Puryear, Artist/Metal Sculptor, Bob Doster, (and kneeling--right) Melissa Jaroszewski, joined by one of her art students. (photo by Beverly Snowden, director of communications)

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