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On Saturday, October 5, a new, 7-foot sculpture called Aloft was unveiled at the Biodiversity Education Center within Coppell Nature Park. Hosting the dedication was Friends of Coppell Nature Park, a non-profit, who with the Coppell Arts Council commissioned the sculpture’s creation on behalf of Scouting. Dallas artist Pascale Pryor was selected from several proposals that were submitted for the project.
“This sculpture stands as an example of partnerships and legacies that make a community,” said Mayor Karen Hunt. “Coppell Arts Council and the Friends of Coppell Nature Park partnered to collaborate and implement a public art installation to be shared with the community. This art celebrates that partnership and the service that numerous Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts have given in making Coppell a special community.”
“We are here in appreciation for community service by area Boy and Girl Scouts,” stated David Goodner, president of FCNP. “Due to their efforts, individual names and Troop numbers are memorialized in our collective memory throughout Coppell. Clearly, their accomplishments represent a legacy of community service that is Aloft – meaning above and beyond.”
Next Gary Scott spoke on behalf of Circle Ten Council of the Boy Scouts of America. He said the Council currently serves 59,000 youth and 13,000 adults from 24 counties. And, he noted that numerous Eagle Scouts had achieved their Eagle Service Award within Coppell.
“Locally,” Scott added, “adult leaders like Pete Parish, David Lautzenheiser and countless others volunteer to teach, coach, mentor and lead youth on their trail to Eagle rank and ultimately to adulthood. To do their great work, these leaders need an outdoor classroom. The Nature Park provides that outdoor classroom.”
“I realize that this beautiful piece of artwork is being presented and dedicated as a thank you to Scouting’s service to the community” Scott continued. “However, it’s us – local Scouting – who should be thanking you; thanking you for this opportunity and this place, allowing us to teach Scouting’s values…values like good citizenship, character development and leadership skills.”
“Aloft is a glass and steel sculpture,” said Taria Greenberg of Coppell Arts Council, when describing the art work. “The wing symbolizes the rank of Eagle in the Boy Scouts of America and their Service Award achievement. The Gold Trefoil represents the Girl Scouts serving and working on their most prestigious award – the Gold award. The colors within the glass sculpture represent both organizations and the reflection of good they cast on our community. The name Aloft represents a spirit above and beyond which is truly symbolic of our gratitude for their service to the Coppell community.”
Pryor’s works are featured in Dallas; Addison; North Richland Hills; Raleigh, North Carolina; Texas Discovery Gardens; and now Coppell. “Aloft reflects the teamwork of Scouts and their spirit of synergy,” Pryor said. “I feel best when I am creating art; I feel more alive. It gives me a sense of purpose. It's my way of contributing to a better world. I prefer working on larger pieces as I like to be able to walk around a piece and see how it occupies a space. Mostly, I am having fun everyday making art.”
The event was part of Coppell Nature Park’s annual Fall Frolic which hosted guided trail tours, live music, food & birthday cake, face painting, scavenger hunts, and nature exhibits.
“Our organizations could not have accomplished this project without the help and dedication of The City of Coppell and its staff,” said Lou Duggan, executive director for FCNP. “Our town is truly blessed within North Texas to have the resources and leadership to foster such partnerships, vision, and creativity.”