Bronze sculpture of Vince Gill proposed for Bricktown

Oklahoma artist Jack Nortz, who has created local sculptures of Sam Bradford, Barry Switzer and Ray Ackerman, has been working with Country Music Hall of Famer Vince Gill and his mother, Jerene Gill, on a 9½-foot-tall bronze sculpture of Gill, which is proposed to be installed in Bricktown.
by Brandy McDonnell and Lillie-Beth Brinkman Published: July 17, 2013
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A sculpture of Vince Gill planned for Bricktown has the approval of the Country Music Hall of Famer and, perhaps more importantly, the endorsement of his mother.

Now, it's up to the Oklahoma City Council to decide whether to approve the placement of the likeness of the 20-time Grammy winner.

A donor group represented by civic booster Lee Allan Smith wishes to honor Gill, 56, who was born in Norman but grew up in Oklahoma City, with the bronze created by local artist Jack Nortz.

“He just was a really nice guy, told us great stories and stuff while he was here, so it was very fun working with him,” said Nortz, who is head of the sculpture department for Oklahoma City-based MTM Recognition.

The Oklahoma City Arts Commission approved the project plans Monday, but City Council approval is needed before the sculpture can be installed. That vote could occur as early as July 30, said Jane Abraham, Oklahoma City community and government affairs manager.

The proposed setting for the statue is 25 S Mickey Mantle Drive in Bricktown, an empty brick area west of the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark.


by Brandy McDonnell
Entertainment Reporter
Brandy McDonnell, also known by her initials BAM, writes stories and reviews on movies, music, the arts and other aspects of entertainment. She is NewsOK’s top blogger: Her 4-year-old entertainment news blog, BAM’s Blog, has notched more...
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by Lillie-Beth Brinkman
Lillie-Beth Brinkman is a Content Marketing Manager for the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce. She was previously an assistant editor of The Oklahoman
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