On Wednesday, March 30th, the Komen Affiliate unveiled the Ribbon Sculpture at a lovely event at the Springs Preserve. Displaying names of survivors and those we have lost too soon, the sculpture is a dedication to all who have so bravely fought breast cancer. The sculpture’s creator, Scott Sandoval, has been working with steel most of his life. He began his training in New Mexico, his birthplace, as a teenager in an oil and gas container fabrication shop as a skid maker. Scott’s sculpting career began as an homage to the caretakers at Mayo Clinic in Rochester where he had donated a kidney to his daughter. The first piece he completed was a bright red “kidney” which he donated to the Mayo Clinic. His daughter’s miraculous recovery is the reason he began sculpting and he has continued to champion worthy causes by donating sculptures to such organizations as the American Red Cross, Opportunity Village and Nevada Teens. For Scott, creating this artwork was very personal as his own mother is a 17 year breast cancer survivor.
Once the piece was created, Scott introduced the Komen Affiliate to Sandy and Jason Steiner who own and operate Austin Steiner Covers. There are very few people in the city who can engrave such a piece of artwork, but they did…completely by hand…every single letter. It took hundreds of hours to complete this project and we are so grateful for their willingness to take on such a job as well as their commitment to our organization.
For the next year, the sculpture will be on display at the Springs Preserve in the gift shop for everyone to visit.
We would like to thank all of you for donating to have your, or your loved one’s, name engraved on the ribbon. Thank you for your support and we certainly hope you love this artwork as much as we do.