Two Rouse statues to revisit Columbia starting tomorrow

Out of storage, sculptures will grace lakefront

July 26, 2002|By Laura Cadiz | Laura Cadiz,SUN STAFF

More than 40 years ago, James W. Rouse dreamed the dream that became Columbia and then made that dream come true. But in recent years, there has been no public memorial to Rouse in the city he created.

But tomorrow, people walking along Lake Kittamaqundi in Town Center will get the chance to see again Columbia's most important citizen.

A bronze sculpture of the visionary developer, who died in 1996, will be unveiled during Columbia's International Day celebration on the lakefront. A statue of his older brother, Willard G. Rouse, who was executive vice president of the Rouse Co., will stand nearby.

The event will bring to an end a three-year exile for the memorial sculptures commissioned in the 1980s for about $70,000.

The figures were first placed outside the Symphony Woods office building, near U.S. 29 in Town Center, in 1986 by Rouse, who owned the building at the time.

But in 1999, the sculptures were placed in storage closets at the Columbia Art Center and at the Rouse Co. because of a vandalism attempt at the Symphony Woods location.

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