The Texas Rangers released a statement Monday about plans for a statue to honor Shannon Stone:
Bruce Greene, who is known as one of the nation’s top Western artists and sculptors has been selected by the Texas Rangers to create a statue honoring the memory of Shannon Stone.
Rangers CEO and President Nolan Ryan made the announcement Monday.
“Bruce Greene is an accomplished sculptor with roots here in Texas,” commented Ryan. “He is a most appropriate artist to produce this statue which will become a part of Rangers Ballpark in Arlington.”
The statue, which will be entitled Rangers Fans, will depict Mr. Stone and his six-year-old son Cooper attending a Rangers game. The full-size bronze statue will be located outside the Home Plate Gate of Rangers Ballpark in Arlington.
Shannon Stone is the Brownwood, Texas, firefighter who passed away from injuries suffered in a tragic accident July 7, 2011, at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington.
Greene’s studio is located on his ranch in Norse, which is located near Clifton, Texas. His paintings and sculptures are exhibited in a number of museums and galleries throughout the United States including the Texas Rangers Museum in Waco, the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City, and the Phoenix (Ariz.) Art Museum.
Among his most well known works is the Immortal Ten Memorial on the campus of Baylor University. The sculpture was completed in 2007 on the 80th anniversary of the bus crash near Austin that killed ten players, coaches, and fans of the Baylor men’s basketball team.
Known as the Cowboy Artist of America, Greene’s many honors include the Ray Swanson Memorial Award, Gold Medal in Drawing and Other Media, and Silver Medal in Bronze. He is a two-time recipient of the TCAA (Traditional Cowboy Arts Association) presented to the artist whose work best portrays a traditional cowboy subject.
“Bruce will work closely with Jenny Stone and the Rangers on this project,” explained Ryan. “We anticipate that the statue should be completed and dedicated around the beginning of the 2012 season.”
The statue honoring Mr. Stone will be the third sculpture at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington. Full size bronze statues of Nolan Ryan and Tom Vandergriff were dedicated in 1997 and are located in the centerfield Vandergriff Plaza.