On Saturday, June 29, at Rose Park in Billings, “Forever Loved” by Red Lodge sculptor Drew Brown was dedicated to the public.
Guest speakers included Mayor Tom Hanel; Billings Parks, Recreation, and Public Lands director Mike Whittaker; Arlene Priest; Pastor Mark Donald and Drew Brown. The dedication included an Invocation by Pastor Donald, music and an unveiling.
“Starting in 2011,” explained Brown, “I was commissioned to create a monumental bronze angel sculpture to be donated to the City of Billings and installed in the sculpture garden and brick walkway area in Rose Park by The Compassionate Friends Organization- Billings Chapter. I worked closely with the regional coordinator Arlene Priest and the Chapter Steering Committee. Working directly with Arlene and the committee, a final design was developed and proposed to the City of Billings Parks and Recreation Department in May of 2012. It was approved by the Billings City Council on May 13, 2013 and a date was set for the dedication of June 29th, 2013.”
He explained that the Billings Bronze did the casting and the monolithic base stone was from a quarry near Edgar. A Montana native, Drew studied art at Montana State University in Bozeman, Montana and Western Montana College in Dillon, Montana. He graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Art with a sculpture emphasis. Although he has worked in many mediums, he currently focuses his attention on bronze sculpture and acrylic paintings. He also incorporates cast and plate glass into his bronze sculpture.
Drew is currently an Assistant Fire Management Officer for the U.S. Forest Service and has lived in Red Lodge for ten years.
He said, “Working in the woods and recreating there often, I find inspiration for the wildlife, historical and natural subjects I depict.”
His free time is spent pursuing his love of fine art and he continues to improve his skills and abilities. In 2006, Brown completed a monumental memorial sculpture of two life-size rappelling wildland firefighters. It is one of only a few in the nation for wildland firefighters and is located near Salmon, Idaho. It was dedicated to the two firefighters that lost their lives on the Cramer Fire near that location in 2003.