Following is an excerpt from Terre Haute Tribune-Star feature writer Mark Bennett’s story published today, Oct. 26, 2014:
“Last week, Terre Haute dedicated a sculpture at Fairbanks Park, commemorating Paul Dresser, his masterpiece, “On the Banks of the Wabash Far Away,” and the river itself. The bronze art piece, titled “A Song for Indiana,” by local sculptor Teresa Clark encompasses the man, his composition that became the Indiana state song, and the official state river, the Wabash.
At the dedication ceremony in the Girl Scouts building adjacent to the riverside park, Clark told a crowd of more than 100 people, “This piece is based on where I felt Paul Dresser’s inspiration began” — the images in its melodic chorus, the moonlight, the sycamores and the iconic stream.”
I borrowed this scene of Indiana autumn from my neighbor. In this case, the “grass IS greener ” on the other side. I have woods and farmland, he has that and more. He is truly blessed, and I for him allowing me to drink in his view. This one is “busy” but gives you a snapshot of the colorful season we are blessed with this year as opposed to last. The ripple effect disturbed the reflection, but I like it, because it reminds me that in addition to the heavens and the earth, God also created the fishes in the sea. It also is humbling because I realize that no matter how hard I try, I can’t recreate perfection.