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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Both Robbie Kienzle, liaison in the Office of Arts and Cultural Affairs for the Oklahoma City Planning Department, and Abraham said the group of donors wanted to honor Gill because of his musical accomplishments and his support of Oklahoma City.

Oklahoma City public art ordinances govern the approval process for art projects like these, as do organizations in specific districts, Kienzle said. As plans move forward, they also will be subject to approval from the Bricktown Urban Design District.

The roughly 9½-foot-tall sculpture already has been cast in bronze and is expected to be delivered from the foundry next week, Nortz said. The bronze depicts Gill standing with his hands resting on his electric guitar.

Nortz worked closely with Gill's mother, Jerene Gill, who still lives in Oklahoma City, to refine the likeness.

Nortz's sculpture of Gill will be his first to appear in Bricktown.

CONTRIBUTING: MATTHEW PRICE, FEATURES EDITOR

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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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