THE PATRIOTFriends of NRA proudly introduced a brand new Sponsor package in 2002. Designed to capture the essence of the American spirit, renowned figural sculptor Rick Terry has in every way portrayed the demeanor of the freedom seeking early American countryman in his latest work, "The Patriot." The first in an exciting five year series, "The Patriot" depicts a well-armed citizen militia protecting the Liberty Tree -- "which thine enemy severed, but was then chased from, allowing the roots of a Republic to re-establish for all times. And whose life will forever need protection and nurturing." "The Patriot" was meticulously crafted with extensive historic research and painstaking attention to detail. A unique foundry process, combining cold cast methods with pewter components and a hand-applied patina, brings life-giving touches to this sculpture. A rich, warm wood base is then added to give perfect balance in composition. Finally, a serialized brass tag marks the collective value, artist's name and edition number. The profound sense of realism and great attention to detail make this sculpture truly magnificent. Other exciting sculptures have followed as the Friends of NRA Sponsor program traces the role firearm ownership has played in shaping America . Following "The Patriot" are "The Mountain Man" in 2003 and a "U.S. Marshall" in 2004. Sponsor Series Sculptor: Rick Terry Rick Terry has sculpted each of the five pieces in the Friends of NRA sponsor sculpture series since it began in 2001. His attention to detail and research into the rich history of each piece recreate a moment in time for the observer. His interest in art began at an early age. He attended Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff , Arizona , focusing on sculpture and bronze casting. In 1979, Terry gained a position at the fine arts foundry, Buffalo Bronze Works of Sedona, Arizona . In 1986, Terry won a commission by the Prescott Community Art Trust, to create a monumental bronze representing 100 years of Rodeo in Prescott . After completing this project, he began to concentrate his efforts on selling work through a Sedona gallery. It was at this time that Blaine Gibson, the former head of Disney Studios Sculpture Department, invited Terry to assist with several large monuments. The first was an 8-foot bronze figure of politician, Sam Rayburn, for the town on Bonham , Texas . The next project was a life-size statue of Walt Disney and Mickey Mouse for Disneyland in California . After completing this project a second bronze was cast for Disney's Magic Kingdom in Florida , and a third for the Disney Theme Park in Tokyo , Japan . In 1995, an 8-foot bronze statue of famous World War II Marine Aviator and former NRA President Joe Foss was completed for the city of Sioux Falls , South Dakota . Terry's most recent project, another life-size bronze for Disney World, was unveiled in the fall of 1999.
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