Forever, sculpture | Cover Stories – Arkansas News

Forever, sculpture | Cover Stories – Arkansas News

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  • VOGEL SCHWARTZ SCULPTURE GARDEN: A cluster of smaller works near the Little Rock Marriott.

Yari Montes, a young woman from North Little Rock, made her annual trip to Riverfront Park last Wednesday so she could have her photograph made next to her favorite sculpture. Her own pretty face framed by long brown hair and a rose tucked behind one ear, Montes leaned in close to “Forever a Rose,” an almost life-size bronze of a kneeling woman with a bowed head, the sweep of her hair mostly obscuring her face, a rose in her hand. Her back is to the Arkansas River; in front is a grassy area partially enclosed by roses.

Montes said the sculpture is both beautiful and a bit sad. “It’s like she was going through a hard time,” Montes said.

It was the sixth year Montes has had her photograph made with “Forever a Rose,” and a reporter just happened to be passing by. “Today was the day!” she laughed. Then she and her brother and three sisters continued their walk in the park.

It was exactly what Dean Kumpuris envisioned when he got the idea that downtown Little Rock’s riverside needed some loving care to attract people to the park. Kumpuris and his brother, Drew, donated “Forever a Rose” to the park in 2009, just…

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