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Neighbors Growing Together | Nov 23, 2017

Lee Gobble statue progressing apace

By Nicole Major, Ledger staff writer | Feb 22, 2017
Courtesy of: WERNER ELMKER Chris Bennett fits the head onto the statue of Lee Gobble that will soon stand outside the Fairfield Arts & Convention Center.

The Lee T. Gobble, “Mr. Fairfield” commemorative bronze statue commissioned in 2015 by The Fairfield Art Association is progressing right on schedule.

Sculptor Chris Bennett said he recently attached and fitted the head to the body of the sculpted life-size figure after receiving it from sculptor Ken Rowe of Birmingham, Alabama.

This comes after Bennett sent Rowe a small-scale head for him to use as a model.

“I finished the detailing of all of the components of the figure,” Bennett said, adding that he recently created the separate parts of the figure and took it to Golden, Colorado, where the figure was reassembled.

“Discussion was conducted about how best to make a mold on the overall figure and parts. The mold maker commenced the intricate process of sectioning the figure and preparing a rubber mold with plaster casings,” he said.

Bennett had fond memories of Gobble, who owned a clothing store in Fairfield.

“It’s enjoyable to recreate the stories that people tell about him carrying around the candy kisses in his hand or his collar up on one side so that a sweet young girl could come by and adjust it,” he laughed.

“He was such a flirt,” Bennett said. “He would keep a telephone in his pocket with a buzzer and he’d pull that telephone out of his pocket and tell you it’s for you ... it’s probably the governor on the phone for you.”

Bennett said the process with its various components is moving along and could be done by July.

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