Sculpture to be dedicated in Nashua during a celebration of community

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Zimbabwe sculptor Ennica Mukomberanwa works on Mother and Child during 2015 International Sculpture Symposium.
Zimbabwe sculptor Ennica Mukomberanwa works on Mother and Child during 2015 International Sculpture Symposium.

NASHUA, NH — If you appreciate the arts, you’ll want to head south to join our Nashua neighbors for a  community celebration October 4 to dedicate a sculpture entitled “Mother and Child,” created by Zimbabwe sculptress Ennica Mukomberanwa during the  8th Annual Nashua International Sculpture Symposium in May.

The theme of the 2015 symposium was Reflections on the River.  Ennica stated that, “just as a river gives life to the land, so (does) a mother give life to her child.”

The annual event brings together artists from around the globe who come to Nashua each year to create unique sculptures based on a theme that are then placed in the community.

Those attending the celebration will also have an opportunity to collaborate on a sculpture to be included in the City of Nashua’s upcoming Fall Festival.

South Nashua, a community rich with families, residential neighborhoods and many businesses, is honored to be chosen as a site for one of the sculptures this year.

Sculptor Ennica Mukomberanwa.
Sculptor Ennica Mukomberanwa.

Mother and Child, located on Spit Brook Road at the trail head in Roby Park, has inspired a sense of ownership and a group of residents, businesses, and educational institutions have come forward to embrace the sculpture through co-sponsorship of Elizabeth Grady of Nashua, Bette Lasky and Eliot Lasky, M&C Clothing, Brian and Gloria McCarthy, Mary Ann Melizzi-Golja and Bogdan Golja, Pressed Café,  Pure Barre of Nashua, Rivier University, Kenneth Siegel, Dotty Silber, Southern NH Outreach for Black Unity, and The World Academy.

“Spit Brook Road is a busy road connecting Massachusetts to New Hampshire, and the peaceful sculpture is not what many expect to see” says Kathy Hersh, chair of the Nashua International Sculpture Symposium. “The sculptures are meant to be part of our everyday living. People are encouraged to touch them and enjoy their beauty.”

A formal dedication of Mother and Child will take place at Roby Park on October 4 at 1 p.m. followed by a family friendly celebration from 1 to 4 p.m., including entertainment, games and activities, guided trail walks, food, and an opportunity to support local businesses. Note – in case of rain, the dedication will take place at 1 p.m. but all other activities will be cancelled.

For more information, visit The International Sculpture SymposiumCity Arts Nashua, and The Nashua Arts Commission.

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