dedication of "Cheetahs on the Run" was an exciting time
in Dowagiac, MI, for everyone involved in the town’s latest
sculpture acquisition. Rosetta's three over-lifesized bronzes (“Running
Cheetah” Lifesize, “Cheetah
Sprint” Lifesize, and “Turning
Point” Lifesize) had arrived earlier in their custom crates
and the concrete footings were poured and ready for when Rosetta
arrived to oversee the installation.
Located on top of a grassy knoll, running alongside the Amtrak tracks,
the cheetahs are ready to race the trains heading to the station
two blocks away. Temporarily braced in place prior to installation,
the cheetahs were covered by cheetah-patterned bed-sheet covers
(“sheetahs”), under wraps until the unveiling and dedication
two days later. The landscaping had all been beautifully completed
and everyone enjoyed a lovely warm, sunny morning for the impressive
dedication ceremony orchestrated by the Dalton family who had commissioned
the sculptures and donated them to Dowagiac in memory of their mother/grandmother,
Helen Tremble. Helen was the founder of the family’s St. Denys
Foundation, which provided the funds for the project.
cheetahs were unveiled to many “oohs” and “aahs”
as the sizable crowd was treated to anecdotes from Helen’s
life and Rosetta gave a short speech to the Daltons and the town
of Dowagiac, which had also placed Rosetta's “Stone
Lion” Lifesize sculpture in a park a block away from the
cheetahs in 2002.
have it that “Cheetahs on the Run”, Dowagiac’s
9th, 10th, and 11th public sculptures, are very popular in town
and that Amtrak will be pointing out the running felines to its
passengers as they race toward the station together.