Martin Richard The Youngest Victim Boston Bombing, Bronze Dedication Bridgewater State University
Submitted by: Scott Fadynich
Bridgewater State University will hold a ceremony to unveil a statue of Martin Richard. The University is erecting Martin Richard Institute of Social Justice, dedicated to Martin
(OPENPRESS) A bronze statute of Martin Richard, the youngest victim of the 2013 Boston bombing, has been unveiled at Bridgewater State University in conjunction with the building of the Martin Richard Institute of Social Justice.
Three artists collaborated on the project and dedicated their work where Martin's parents, Bill and Denise Richard, attended university.
A bronze sculpture of 8-year-old Martin holding a sign reading "No More Hurting People… Peace" was erected on a walkway between the east and west areas of the campus. Martin was one of three people killed and more than 270 hurt in the 2013 bombings.
The project began in May of 2013, when Massachusetts native Linda Chorney, now residing in Arizona, went to pay her respects to the homegrown Memorial in Copley Square. Unable get the image of 8-year-old Martin Richard holding up the sign, " she wrote a song called "Martin" and recorded it two days later, recruiting other musicians, and children all wanting to contribute to the cause.
After shooting the music video in Massachusetts, she made the song available for download, intending to use the proceeds to have a statue of Martin made, based on the iconic photograph of Martin holding the sign.
When Chorney described her vision of a life-size bronze statue of Martin holding the sign, sculptor and Attleboro resident Victoria Guerina got it right away. Unfortunately, the proceeds from Chorney's song were not enough to support a bronze statue, but were enough for a canvas, paint, and a frame.
Chorney reached out to David Wells Roth to paint a portrait of Martin, gifting his time, to give the family. David lost his sister years ago, murdered in the White Mountains. His compassion was the motivation to paint the portrait.
Chorney received a phone call from Bill Richard 18 months later, who told her he not only was touched by the song and the portrait, but also loved Guerina's statue design.
With Bridgewater State University dedicating the Institute to Martin, the Richard family wanted Guerina's statue for the campus. The sculptor spent five months completing the bronze statue, and will speak at the unveiling.
The portrait of Martin, by David Wells Roth also was displayed.
The artists hope their creations and collaboration will provide not only comfort to the Richard family, but also will help preserve the memory of Martin's life, healing, and his message of "No more hurting people" to the world.
Victoria Guerina 617-921-2317
David Wells Roth 508-380-3739
Linda Chorney 732-963-7251