Steve Appleton statue will stand in good company at Boise State

awebb@idahostatesman.comMarch 26, 2014 

Sculptor Benjamin Victor will cast the clay model of Appleton in bronze.

PROVIDED BY THE BOISE DEPARTMENT OF ARTS AND HISTORY

Benjamin Victor's bronze statue of former Micron head Steve Appleton will move to its permanent home in the courtyard of Boise State's Micron Business and Engineering Building in August or September. Victor, a 35-year-old sculptor from South Dakota, is casting the Appleton piece. In the meantime, the artist is enjoying another honor.

Two pieces in the U.S. Capitol: Victor's sculpture of humanitarian, agriculture pioneer and Nobel Peace Prize winner Norman Borlaug, a South Dakota native, was dedicated at the Capitol's Statuary Hall this week. The Borlaug likeness joins another of Victor's pieces under the dome, a statue of Native American activist Sarah Winnemucca.

In memory of Appleton: The Micron CEO died in 2012 when the experimental plane he was flying crashed at the Boise Airport. The Micron Foundation commissioned the larger-than-life statue of Appleton. A panel chose Victor after a national call to artists in 2012.

Big Boise footprint: In 2009, Victor made the bronze of a World War II airman at the Boise Airport. Victor did much of the work on the statue at the Warhawk Air Museum in Nampa.

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