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Max Ehrmann Statue Unveiled in Terre Haute

A life size bronze sculpture of a world-renowned poet is the latest project of its kind to be unveiled in Terre Haute.

A life size bronze sculpture of a world-renowned poet is the latest project of its kind to be unveiled in Terre Haute.

The sculpture features poet and philosopher Max Ehrmann seated at the corner of Wabash Avenue and 7th Street in Terre Haute.

This area is significant because Ehmann often sat here and watched and talked with people. As part of the project, bronze plaques from Ehrmann’s poem Desiderata are embedded in the sidewalk and the full poem is displayed next to the sculpture.

At the unveiling and dedication Thursday, artist Bill Wolfe called it an honor to do the piece.

“After all these years working on it and then to bring it to the final completion where he is- he is going to sit there for a thousand years you know.”

The project is part of Terre Haute’s Cultural Trail that the group Art Spaces is working to establish. Art Spaces has installed seven sculptures in Terre Haute in the last five years.

Sara Wittmeyer

Sara Wittmeyer is the News Bureau Chief for WFIU and WTIU. Sara has more than a decade of experience as a news reporter and previously served with KBIA at the University of Missouri, WNKU at Northern Kentucky University in Highland Heights, KY, and at WCPO News in Cincinnati.

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  • Jansutton2

    I am pleased to see Max honoured in this way… Im a english woman and i love his poetry.

    I particularly love ” I go my way” …

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