To read the journal start
at the home page and
"next" button at the
bottom of each page or you can see the entire
list of journal entries,
to date, on the
Journal Archive Page
in the Newsboy Sculpture
(the bottom of each page
has student and
Ordering the Small
(Small sculpture is an
edition of 100,
large sculpture is
an edition of 10)
Gallery of the
Newsboy Press Releases
Newspaper Headlines Through History are Being Carved in Bronze.
(date of release May 2007)
Is it not interesting to think about which newspaper headlines stand out in the history of our country? What newspaper headline would stand out in the publication of your own newspaper?
In 2005 Texas based sculptor Bridgette Mongeon was commissioned by the Texas Press Association, to capture an important time in newspaper history—the age of newsboys. You can almost hear the cries of, “Extra! Extra! Read all about it…” from the mouth of the bronze newsboy who is caught in full stride as he hawks his newspapers on the street corner. The artwork, originally created for the Texas State Capitol building, presently resides outside the offices of the Texas Press Association in Austin, Texas. A table-top bronze of the Newsboy was also created as a limited edition art for home or office.
In January of 2007, Ms. Mongeon was contacted by a client wanting to know if the life-size bronze newsboy was part of a limited edition, and if it was available for purchase as a gift for his father, a former newspaper publisher. He inquired if the newspaper that the Newsboy was selling could be recreated to resemble his father’s newspaper capturing the year they were awarded the Pulitzer Prize. The artist created a bronze Newsboy to the client’s specifications, and it became number two of this edition of ten. It will soon be presented to his father. The story of the Pulitzer Prize winning paper is intriguing, but cannot be revealed until after the surprise bronze is presented.
The idea of carving and capturing history in bronze so intrigued Ms. Mongeon that she is committing to do the same thing for the remaining editions of the bronze Newsboys and is presently seeking newspapers and placement for the remaining eight life-size bronze sculptures.
Upon request, the new masthead and headline are painstakingly carved into the front of each paper. There are several papers in the sculpture that need to be changed, there is a newspaper the Newsboy holds, several under his arm, and a stack at his feet. The back of the newspaper remains the same, a subhead line that reads, “In Memory of Skinny and Others.” This was created from a historical article that the artist read about how newsboys would take out an ad in the paper if one of their own died. It is the artist’s way of posthumously recognizing the contribution of the newsboys.
When the artist is asked if there is a specific newspaper in history or place that she would like to see one of the bronzes installed she replied, “I live in Texas but was born in Buffalo, New York. I would love to see a Newsboy placed in my hometown, and if I could pick the place, I would love to see one near the Albright Knox Art Gallery. To have one in Washington D.C. would also be great.” The Newsboy is not Mongeon’s only newspaper related art sculpture. She was also commissioned by the Houston Chronicle to create a small sculpture of Jesse Jones that is given as The Jesse Award to outstanding individuals at the Houston Chronicle.
A writer as well as a sculptor Ms. Mongeon has a heart for journalism and communication and has created an online journal of the entire eight-month process of creating the life-size bronze Newsboy and small Newsboy collectible. The journal extends from research to casting and placement of each of the pieces in the edition. She has added an educational section to help students and teachers learn and teach about art, journalism, history and even politics, all relating to the bronze Newsboy. The journal is rich in online resources for further education. The sculptor expresses a desire to be involved in the education of the children in each area that the Newsboy is placed. “The Newsboy is not only a symbol for the newspaper industry, it is a symbol of the strength of children. These newsboys and girls changed history with their newspaper strike of 1899, which affected the child labor laws. Just because you are small doesn’t mean you can’t make a difference, and this is an important concept for children to learn,” state Ms. Mongeon.
The Newsboy journal can be found at the artists’ web site located at http://www.creativesculpture.com/ . If you are interested in one of the remaining editions of the Newsboy and have a headline to match, Ms. Mongeon would love to hear from you and can be reached at 713-699-1739. Then together the publisher and artist will carve history in bronze.
This article/press release can be used word for word. If you would like to interview the artist or require more information for a story please call 713-699-1739 or contact the artist.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Texas Artist Sculpts Self-esteem and Education in Students
(date of release May 2005)
Artist Bridgette Mongeon was recently commissioned by the Texas Press Association to create a life-size newsboy in honor of their upcoming 125th anniversary. The artist decided to journal her creative thoughts and the process of sculpting on her website. Teachers and educators introduced to the website immediately began to see the site's potential in becoming a viable education tool. In researching and discussing the importance of a newsboy, Ms. Mongeon introduced students to a very important part of history. Because the children are reading the artist's journal and following links to such subject as the newsboys strike of 1899, the history of metal casting, and headlines through history, they are being introduced to both history and reading. The artist has added a students' and teachers' section to each page of the journal with questions and links to help encourage the children in their education. She will also add sections to record the students' involvement and comments.
The sculpture placement is intended for Austin, Texas, on the state capitol grounds. To have a sculpture placed at the state capitol the Texas Press Association will have to present it to the legislature. Students will be involved in the political process as they follow the artist's journal. "It has always been important to me to make sure children know that even though they are small, they can make a big difference. This newsboy sculpture not only depicts the strength and integrity of the newspaper industry but is an image for children to look up to as well. These boys made a difference and the children of today can too," states Ms. Mongeon
The dedication of the newsboy sculpture and the anniversary of the Texas Press Association will be in May of 2005. Most sculpture unveilings are an introduction to a sculpture. Ms. Mongeon believes that because of the educational section of the website, the newsboy unveiling will be more like a culmination of a very long journey taken by many people. This educational resource is located on the artist's web site at www.creativesculpture.com/texaspress.html
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT Bridgette Mongeon