Introspection – on the campus of the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg – by Larry D. Young
Artist: Young, Larry, 1943- , sculptor.
Larry Young Foundry, founder.
Title: Introspection, (sculpture).
Dates: Commissioned 1993 (?). 1994.
Medium: Sculpture: bronze; Base: concrete.
Dimensions: Sculpture: approx. 10 ft. x 7 ft. x 3 ft. 6 in.; Base: approx. H. 10 in. x Diam. 7 ft.
Inscription: L. Young (copyright symbol) ’94/1/5 signed…
“World class” is a very special designation, whether in competitive Olympics or in the difficult art of sculpture. Larry Young has earned “world class” in both fields. Medals in two Olympics attest to Young’s remarkable achievements in athletics while his high quality bronze and marble sculptures testify to his growing preeminence in the art world…
Young has been a full-time artist for the last 25 years and has placed over 50 monumental outdoor sculptures nationally and abroad. Most of his work has been in bronze, but he also works with stainless steel, marble, and other materials. He owns and operates a full-scale, 6,000 square foot foundry where he personally creates and produces most of his work. This personal oversight of production is very unusual for sculptors who create monumental bronzes.
Young developed his incredible skills and talent through a number of forums. He first learned to cast bronze as a molder in the US Navy. Following the Navy he achieved international prominence as a two-time Olympic medalist, the only American to ever win a medal in long distance racewalking. During this period he studied sculpture at Columbia College followed by a two-year fellowship to study sculpture in Italy. Young has been a full-time free lance artist ever since, known for his fluid forms, his innovative use of negative space, and his mastery of the bronze medium…