With an act of Congress and a law enacted by the state of Arizona, an eight-foot-tall bronze statue of Sen. Barry Goldwater will soon join 99 of the nation's most prominent citizens in Statuary Hall in Washington, D.C.
The statue, publicly unveiled in a special ceremony at the state capitol on Monday, will remain in the Capitol Museum in Phoenix for the next several months before being transported to the nation's capital.
The process to add Senator Goldwater to Statuary Hall began in 2008 with state legislation sponsored by Senator Adam Driggs, and later approved by Congress. Senator Goldwater's statue will join the sculpture of Father Eusebio Kino in representing Arizona and take the place of John Campbell Greenway, which has stood in Statuary Hall since 1930.
The National Statuary Hall Collection is comprised of statues donated by individual states to honor distinguished people in each state's history. Each state usually has two statues, which can be changed out over time.
"I can't think of many people in Arizona who've had a greater impact on our state than Sen. Goldwater," said Ken Bennett, Arizona's Secretary of State. "The Senator defined our political landscape with the same energy and spirit that he relished in Arizona's physical landscape. I'm proud that his likeness will soon take its rightful place alongside our country's most notable statesmen, patriots and citizens."
The artist selected to create the statute was Deborah Copenhaver-Fellows of Sonoita, Ariz. Copenhaver-Fellows is recognized throughout the United States for her work with bronze and silver sculpture. Her productions can be seen in corporate and private collections, including the U.S. Capitol Building and the Reagan White House collections.
"I'm grateful to have been selected for this prestigious opportunity to create a sculpture for our great state of Arizona to stand in the U.S. Capitol. I'm humbled to honor Barry Goldwater through his humanity, for his many talents and life achievements. He was a true renaissance man and one of the most respected and loved statesmen of a generation."
Craters and Freighters Phoenix, chosen to oversee the moving, crating, shipping and installation of the Goldwater statue anticipates Goldwater's 2,300-mile journey to Washington to take about four days when it is shipped.
"At 1,700 pounds, it's not the heaviest thing we've shipped, but it's quite unique," said the owner, Dennis Davies. "We are honored to have been entrusted with a piece of Arizona's history and be a part of this momentous event."