McDougals loom large in Overton Park
Written by Chris Van Wagenen | AVALANCHE-JOURNAL Tuesday, 07 March 2006 15:33
Lubbock developer Delbert McDougal and his wife, Carolyn, never looked better - in bronze that is.
On Monday, the McDougals were honored by City Bank which unveiled a 7-foot likeness of the couple strolling into Overton Park - the largest privately funded redevelopment project in the nation, which the family-owned company has been working on since July 1999.
"I'm absolutely overwhelmed. We can't thank you enough for this great honor," said Delbert McDougal, chief executive officer of McDougal Cos., who then quipped: "It's bigger than I thought I was."
The sculptures were created by El Paso artist Tom Knapp, who City Bank sought out months ago to take on the project.
Carolyn and Delbert McDougal were honored Monday by City Bank, which commissioned two bronze sculptures of the couple for their tireless work involving the revitalization of Overton Park. The sculptures were created by El Paso artist Tom Knapp.joe don buckner avalanche-journalReprints at www.lubbockonline.com
"We wanted something significant here in Overton Park that would recognize Delbert and Carolyn's achievements," said bank President Mike Liner, who was on hand along with hundreds of other invited guests at the ceremony.
Liner said the bank worked on the project with the McDougal's sons - Mayor Marc McDougal and his brother Mike, president of McDougal Properties.
The sculptures were die cast at the House of Bronze in Lubbock - a foundry well known nationally in artistic circles for its work.
The two 950-pound pieces were quietly moved Friday to a permanent pedestal near the northeast corner of University Avenue and Glenna Goodacre Boulevard.
"Overton Park will be a major part of our economy for years to come, but it took Delbert and Carolyn's vision to see it through," Liner said.
City Bank hired Lubbock photographer Jim Childress who shadowed the McDougals while the couple was walking in Overton Park one day.
Liner said it was those photos secretly taken by Childress that the artist Knapp used in his initial drawings and molds of the sculptures.
Curtis Griffith, chairman of City Bank, said the McDougals are a humble couple who would have never done anything to commemorate Overton Park on their own.
"Understand that while this is a statue of two people, it really honors a lot of people. What we lack for an ocean view out here we make up with our people and these are two of the best," he said.
Liner said a plate at the bottom of the sculptures says it all about the McDougals and their endeavor: "Bold are the visionaries that embrace the dream. They do without an audience all they are capable of doing before the world."