Today marks the 221st birthday of Frankenstein creator Mary Shelley, and we can’t think of a better way to honor her than by sharing the news that a life-size bronze bust of the author is being unveiled in October. If you happen to live in or near Seattle, you can join the celebration at the Museum of Pop Culture (MoPOP); for the rest of us, here’s a sneak peek!
From the Press Release:
Sculptor Bryan Moore, long celebrated for his work in bringing the pioneers of horror fiction to libraries and museums across the world in the form of life-size bronze busts, has been awarded a major grant from The Aeroflex Foundation based out of New York. Moore’s busts of horror writers H.P. Lovecraft, Edgar Allan Poe, and Bram Stoker grace the halls of the Providence Athenaeum Library, the Boston Public Library, and the Dublin Writers Museum in Ireland. Moore’s work was also featured in the Guillermo del Toro exhibit “At Home with Monsters” at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Minneapolis Institute of Art, and Toronto’s Art Gallery of Ontario.
“When I embarked upon this journey of honoring the greats of classical horror literature, it was a struggle to get folks on board with my vision, so I reached out directly to the fans of these iconic authors and crowdfunded the busts,” says Moore. “The wonderful fans of each respective author rallied around my efforts. Some busts were funded generously, others I wound up financing myself for the most part, but I never wavered in the belief that there was a place for this kind of tribute for the authors who influenced so many others in the form of films, books, music, and art itself. I’m supremely honored and grateful that I’ve been able to get these busts to the attention of The Aeroflex Foundation with the help of so many good folks over the years.”
Derrick Hussey of The Aeroflex Foundation has been an ardent supporter of Moore’s bronze bust author series since 2013, funding each bust privately and now through his Foundation to help fund artists and writers.
“The Aeroflex Foundation has long supported the study of classic supernatural fiction, and I’m a big admirer of Bryan Moore’s work,” intones Hussey. “After seeing his superb busts of H. P. Lovecraft, Edgar Allan Poe, and Bram Stoker, it seemed natural to partner with Bryan and MoPOP on this new project. We hope to increase awareness and appreciation of the author Mary Shelley, as we celebrate the bicentennial of her most famous creation, Frankenstein.”
The life-size bronze bust of Mary Shelley will be unveiled at MoPOP (325 5th Avenue N. in Seattle) on October 21st, accompanied by a guest lecture and presentation by Les Klinger, author of The Annotated Frankenstein.
Shelley will be followed by Rod Serling in 2019 in celebration of the 60th anniversary of “The Twilight Zone” television series.
In addition, Moore hopes to use his art to promote children’s literacy programs.
“As part of each bronze author bust that I create, I’ve always made sure to donate $1,000 to the local children’s literacy program in the area of the donor location. It’s been my privilege to support the Providence Community Library, Read Boston, and Page Ahead in Seattle along with the fans who contribute to these author bust projects. My hope is to be able to raise awareness for these programs and provide even more support to foster an early interest in reading and literacy. I grew up in libraries, and I’m a firm believer that children are our future and that we should invest in that as much as possible.”