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“Bulloch County Family Tree” Eagle to Land at Statesboro Regional Library

Georgia Southern University and the Bulloch County Historical Society invite the public to celebrate the installation of the newest Eagle Nation on Parade (ENOP) sculpture, “Bulloch County Family Tree,” at the Statesboro Regional Library, 124 S. Main St., on Wednesday, Sept. 25 at 5:30 p.m.

Eagle Nation on Parade designer Scott Foxx talks with Roxie Remley about the “Bulloch County Family Tree” eagle that will be installed on Sept. 25 at the Statesboro Regional Library.

Eagle Nation on Parade designer Scott Foxx talks with Roxie Remley about the “Bulloch County Family Tree” eagle that will be installed on Sept. 25 at the Statesboro Regional Library.

Over the past year, the Bulloch County Historical Society has worked diligently with ENOP team members to create a piece of art that can be celebrated for its beauty and historical representation. The six-foot-tall “Bulloch County Family Tree” eagle will join the ENOP flock as the eighth sculpture to be placed on display in Bulloch County.

Created by Scott Foxx, a master of fine arts candidate in the Betty Foy Sanders Department of Art (BFSDOA), the eagle takes visitors on a tour of important Bulloch County people and places, including iconic figures Jack Averitt, Emma Kelley and Willie McTell, along with buildings and businesses such as Franklins Restaurant, the courthouse, Georgia Southern and the Statesboro Regional Library. The eagle’s design was painted in a folk-art style, allowing for the historic elements to be depicted in a way that is both easily recognizable and fun.

“I am very pleased that a work of mine will be a teaching tool for years to come,” said Foxx. “I don’t often get a chance to have such control over my commissioned works, and I was happy that the Historical Society saw eye-to-eye with me on the theme and inspiration of artist Howard Finster’s portraits.”

“I think this eagle will give people who have lived here all their lives, as well as those who may have just moved to town, a sense of pride and belonging to Bulloch County,” said Historical Society Chairwoman Connie Sanders. “Every time you look at the eagle, you discover a new piece of the county’s history.”

The eagle will be on permanent display outside the south side of the library facing East Grady Street. “Eagle Nation on Parade is a wonderful project,” said Sanders. “I hope that children and adults alike will enjoy learning about Bulloch County from our eagle.”

Eagle Nation on Parade is a public art project of the BFSDOA, housed in the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences. CLASS, the University’s College of the Creative Mind, prepares students to achieve academic excellence, develop their analytical skills, enhance their creativity and embrace their responsibilities as citizens of their communities, their nations and the world.

Georgia Southern University, a Carnegie Doctoral/Research University founded in 1906, offers 125 degree programs serving more than 20,000 students. Through eight colleges, the University offers bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degree programs built on more than a century of academic achievement.  Georgia Southern is recognized for its student-centered approach to education. Visit: www.georgiasouthern.edu.

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