Visual Arts

Sculptor David Adickes to Memorialize Charlie Wilson in Lufkin

Bill Davenport at Glasstire blogged today that a 10-foot statue of the late former Congressman Charlie Wilson will be unveiled on January 12, 1 p.m., at the Charles Wilson VA outpatient clinic in Lufkin (Wilson's hometown). Houston's David Adickes was chosen to create the sculpture, titled Standing Tall With Charlie Wilson.

According to the Lufkin Daily News, the decision to commission Adickes, who came out of retirement to work on the statue, was a "no brainer."

"We chose [Adickes] because of his reputation and expertise," [Lufkin attorney Claude E.] Welch said. "We didn't think he would do it because he had announced sometime back that he was retiring from doing the big statues. But, he readily and willingly said he would do the one of Charlie. He said Charlie was a personal hero of his."

Adickes is of course known for his longtime Sculpturworx studio in the east Washington Corridor area, where he constructed his famous president heads, as well as the 67 foot-tall Sam Houston statue in Huntsville.

Charlie Wilson died February 10, 2010, of cardiopulmonary arrest. He served 12 terms as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives, and was best known for supporting Operation Cyclone, the CIA covert operation that supplied arms to the Afghan Mujahideen during the 1980s Soviet war in Afghanistan--the subject of the film Charlie Wilson's War.