Footsteps to the Future
Scouts show mettle by bringing bronze statue to hometown
Will and Paul
Reilly wanted to do something monumental for their Eagle Scout project.
So the twins,
who began their scouting career in the fourth grade almost 8 years ago, came up
with an idea that would be a gift to their hometown of Prescott, Ariz., and a
tribute to their mentors as scouting in the U.S. celebrates its 100th
When the Troop
6 members discovered that renowned artist Deborah Copenhaver-Fellows had
created a life-size bronze sculpture of two scouts entitled, “Footsteps to the
Future” for the city of Spokane, Wash., and a tribute to her father, they
decided to try get a copy of it in their city.
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Ed Reilly, owns Bronzesmith Fine Art Foundry and Gallery that cast the piece.
The boys work included getting the Prescott Area Art Trust, the Boy Scout Eagle
Board and the Prescott City Council on board.
As a local
non-profit organization, the Art Trust’‘s goal is to place sculptures in the
Prescott area to enhance the artistic environment. They agreed to act as
fiduciaries and accept tax deductible donations for the project totaling about $98,000.
With Will engineering the piece
with the help of local
business Frost Structural Engineering, and Paul working on the architectural
design and being mentored by Otwell & Associates Architects, the Eagle
Board approved it.
Council was excited about the idea of another beautiful sculpture in the city,
and with input from the Prescott Parks and Recreation department, a highly
visible site was chosen on the corner of Miller Valley Road and Iron Springs in
front of Miller Valley Elementary School.
price is $85,000, and Reilly’s Bronzesmith donated the profit and gallery
commission of $28,000. A lot of the fundraising monies have come from the
purchasing of engraved bricks, tiles, and plaques that will be a part of the
base and site. With the help of anonymous donations and any community members’
help, the boys reached their goal.
The sculpture will be a visible reminder to the community of the
importance of the core values Scouting teaches, and stand as a symbol of
inspiration to our future generations of leaders, mentors, and Scouts.
For video on the Eagle Scout quest, click here