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Robert Pearlman

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posted 09-15-2020 12:04 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
A duplicate of Kennedy Space Center's Apollo 11 crew statue has now been installed at the Appleton International Airport in Wisconsin, reports the Appleton Post-Crescent.
John Bergstrom, chairman and CEO of Bergstrom Automotive, commissioned the work in 2018, about a year before the 50th anniversary of the astronauts' historic lunar landing aboard Apollo 11.

Bergstrom Automotive donated the sculpture to the airport.

When airport director Abe Weber asked John Bergstrom for something for the property's future roundabout, Bergstrom chose the astronauts to inspire pride in America and the accomplishment of putting men on the moon.

"People dreamed about going to the moon for 1,000 years and we did it," he said. "If I could send a message with this sculpture, it would be to the young boys and girls in America that anything is possible. You can do anything if you get an education."

The sculpture is in the center of the airport's roundabout on Challenger Drive.

The bronze astronauts were created by sculptors George and Mark Lundeen of Loveland, Colorado.


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posted 09-15-2020 08:48 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for oly   Click Here to Email oly     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Great to see a statue being erected in this day and age, however, placing the Apollo heroes at a roundabout may take away the aesthetic power from this version that being able to stand beneath the KSC version has.


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posted 09-17-2020 09:28 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Ronpur   Click Here to Email Ronpur     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I am glad others will get to see this statue that can not make it to Florida. But, now they won't be looking at launches taking off from Wisconsin....just airplanes!

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