Jon Barlow Hudson is a well-known stone sculptor from Yellow Springs, Ohio who has specialized in public art for over 30 years. Most recently, Hudson has been selected to make a stone sculpture in honor of local Miami Valley firefighters and paramedics who perished while saving others’ lives. Hudson was selected by the Miami Valley Firefighter/EMS Memorial Association from 40 other stone sculptors in a statewide competition based on his projected design.
“I wanted to create an environment which is a sacred precinct,” Hudson said. “It’s a unique, colorful and powerful statement.”
The memorial sculpture, which Hudson calls Fire Wall, has been something that the town wanted to have for a long time, but they did not have sufficient funds to complete the project. In fact, the Miami Valley Firefighter/EMS Memorial Association, the sculpture’s sponsor, has been raising money for 18 years.
Following 18 years of fund-raising, the organization is still $18,000 short of its $100,000 goal, but they believe that they will have enough money soon, as they have raised a lot of money at a rapid rate lately.
With the long-awaited project about to finally come to life, everybody in Yellow Springs is very excited. To see many years of planning and fund-raising come to fruition is something that will be extremely rewarding for everyone who is involved.
And with Hudson’s body of work over the last 30 years, it will certainly be worth the wait.