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British sculptor David Wynne reveals 'Swans in Flight' at Armstrong Auditorium

British sculptor David Wynne is reunited with "Swans in Flight" piece more than 40 years after sculpting it. It now rests in a reflecting pool in front of Armstrong Auditorium, north of Edmond.
BY TRICIA PEMBERTON Published: September 8, 2010

It's been more than 40 years since David Wynne last saw his 1,250-pound swans.

The five bronze birds soaring 15 feet in the air are the work of his hands.

"It's lovely to see them again," the British sculptor said. "It's always nice to see a piece of one's sculptures after a number of years."

Wynne was in town last week to reveal "Swans in Flight" at the opening of the $20 million Armstrong Auditorium, north of Edmond. The piece rests in a 40,000-gallon reflecting pool, sprayed by six cascading water jets. The five birds are meant to reflect the movement of a single bird taking flight.

The swans took him about two to three weeks each to sculpt, Wynne said. To prepare, he studied their anatomy and drew them on paper.

The swans first were commissioned in 1969 by Herbert W. Armstrong for his Ambassador College in Big Sandy, Texas. The Herbert W. Armstrong College and the Armstrong International Cultural Foundation now are based in Logan County. The campus is home to Armstrong Auditorium, which will host national and international groups in concert.

Wynne said he and Armstrong had a mutual admiration for each other.

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