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Aaron Alderman's Sculpture Installed In Iowa


August 31, 2017

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From this perspective, visitors see hunters trailing the bison on the Iowa prairie.

A five piece sculpture commission, entitled "Fading Cultures," by Brevard-area sculptor J. Aaron Alderman, was installed in the city of Marion, Iowa, in mid-August. The installation will be a part of the town's permanent sculpture collection.

A 6-1/2-foot-tall, 9-foot-long, nearly 2,000-pound bison leads a series of four figures across the plains, representing a part of Iowa's history and also relevant to present day issues. Iconic to American prairies, the expansion of the railroad had a great affect on the bison, cutting across grazing lands and bringing people west to hunt and settle on the land. As a tribute to that history, Alderman created the bison from round stock steel and salvaged railroad materials that included 890 rail spikes and 298 rail anchors.

Four figures follow the bison, with the first representing a farmer shouldering simple tools. The second figure is that of a settler carrying a basket full of corn, a crop synonymous with Iowa. The third is a Native American carrying a medicine wheel and the final figure represents time itself. Alderman sculpted the pieces to progressively become less and less dense, so that by the fourth figure, they seem to fade out; disappearing into the horizon.

A native of Brevard, Alderman studied at Brevard College, continuing his studies after graduation by working with local sculptor Tim Murray and coppersmith J. T. Copper.

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A bison stands in the forefront of Alderman's "Fading Cultures."

Alderman has been awarded public art commissions locally with numerous pieces in the Brevard Sculpture Project, regionally in locations like Knoxville, Tenn., and as far as Romania. Alderman has displayed work throughout the Southeast in select galleries and juried public sculpture exhibitions.

Locally, Alderman is represented at The Haen Gallery, which is located at 200 King St. in the historic Brevard Lumberyard Arts District. With locations in Asheville and Brevard, The Haen Gallery offers the work of established artists whose distinctive and unique style sets it apart from ordinary and imitative efforts. Visit the website at


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