Filling the Frame with Ascending
Sculpture Dedicated June 7, 2014
Lake Tahoe Community College is now an even more beautiful and inspiring place than ever before, thanks to the addition of the soaring Ascending bronze sculpture that now stands proudly just outside the LTCC library building. This work of art would not have been possible without generous contributions to the Fill the Frame Campaign.
The sculpture is more than a memorial to a great community member and inspiring man, it's a permanent part of LTCC's landscape that will remind generations of students to come that they, like David Barkley, can reach the greatest heights by committing to their passions and continually reaching for their dreams through education.
Remembering David Barkley
The Fill the Frame Campaign was inspired by Kitt Barkley, who wanted to build a memorial in honor of her late husband, David, who embraced lifelong learning and loved taking classes at Lake Tahoe Community College. David was a man for all seasons who enjoyed biking, running, skiing, golf, flying, reading, geology, nature, gardening, watching PBS, politics, travel, and playing with his dogs. He tragically died on May 15, 2006 while riding his bike along a rural highway in Bigfork, Montana, where he was struck by a car. David Foster's bronze sculpture, "Ascending," will be a fitting tribute to Mr. Barkley, who always looked forward to the future with passion and zeal.
About the Artist
"This sculpture started with a series of drawings I did, trying out different shapes and contours. When I found out that Mr. Barkley had been a pilot, I went back to work and shaped something that felt a bit like a bird, to honor his love for flight. The finished piece is spiritually uplifting, something I personally find inspiring. The sculpture encourages discovery, which is exactly what the goal is with our students: to get them to reach up and beyond themselves, to go on and live lives that in turn inspires others."
Mr. Foster was the first chair of the Art Department, serving from 1976 until his retirement in 2008. He has taught hundreds of students at LTCC, introducing them to Art History, Drawing, Design, Painting, Bronze Casting and Sculpture. His interest in European art has taken him to the museums of France, Italy, Belgium, Holland, Spain, England, Germany, Austria and Greece. His enthusiasm for the value of learning abroad led to the development of LTCC's International Study Abroad program, where he introduced students to the museums and art history of France, Italy and Greece. He is also an internationally known artist and sculptor specializing in traditional and contemporary fine art applications. He primarily produces bronze and marble sculpture.