Sculptor Mark P. Williamson to Collaborate with the University Coop of Austin, Texas in Offering Special Bronze Artwork

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National award-winning contemporary sculptor Mark P. Williamson today announced his collaboration with the University Coop in Austin, Texas to offer the coveted bronze sculpture, “Alexander Frederick Claire” (Alec), known as the Patron Saint of the College of Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin. For the fist time, the statue is to be made available to the entire University of Texas engineering community.

The statue is a substantial piece, and includes the ‘Ramshorn’ on each side of the statue’s base, the other symbol of excellence unique to the UT College of Engineering

Dallas, Texas – November 28, 2005 – National award-winning contemporary sculptor Mark P. Williamson today announced his collaboration with the University Coop in Austin, Texas to offer the coveted bronze sculpture, “Alexander Frederick Claire” (Alec), known since 1908 as the Patron Saint of the College of Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin. For the fist time, the statue is to be made available to the entire University of Texas engineering community.

“As a 1991 graduate of the University of Texas engineering college, it is especially meaningful to be able to create a bronze art work specifically for the UT engineering community. I wanted to create an Alec that is attractive, yes, but also an Alec that captures accurately his original likeness, as well as the spirit of integrity, innovation, and perseverance he represents”, commented Williamson. “The statue is a substantial piece, and includes the ‘Ramshorn’ on each side of the statue’s base, the other symbol of excellence unique to the UT College of Engineering”.

The statue itself weighs over 2 pounds, stands about 7 inches tall, and is cast in solid bronze. The inscription “Alexander Frederick Claire” appears on the front of the statue’s base.

The University Coop, since 1896 the primary supplier of textbooks, gifts, and related supplies to the University of Texas at Austin, has agreed to collaborate with Williamson by making the statue available on its comprehensive website, and through select offerings to members of the engineering community.

About Alec:

In 1908, engineering students "borrowed" a statue from a local beer tavern, and placed it in front of the Main Building. The statue - a jovial beer-quaffing Dutchman - was then dubbed by engineering student leaders "Alexander Frederick Claire" (Alec), the Patron Saint of the College of Engineering.

Today, Alec's inception and endurance remains the ultimate symbol of innovation and perseverance of all Longhorn engineers worldwide. He has been so inspiring that the engineering annual giving program, Friends of Alec, is named after him.

About Mark P. Williamson

Williamson’s works have been accepted into more than 20 national juried art competitions since 2002, receiving national awards in Denver, Sacramento, and San Angelo.

Williamson perfected his marble sculpting techniques while in residence in Pietrasanta, Italy, later studying under the Spanish abstract sculptor, Xavier Corbero (2001), and Jesus Moroles (2005). While focused primarily on stone, Williamson's work often displays healthy experimentation in the use of other non-traditional media.

For more information, please visit http://www.sculptormarkpwilliamson.com.

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