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A version of the peregrine falcon by Bob Coffee, as shown at RCA's 2007 Currents exhibition.
Thursday, March 20th, 2008
Texas Sculptor and RCA Member's Bronze Dedicated in Big Bend National Park

Date: February 3, 2008
Contact: David Elkowitz, 432 477-1108

Dedication of a life-sized, bronze peregrine falcon sculpture was held February 15  at the Basin Visitor Center in Big Bend National Park. The visitor center is located in the Chisos Mountains which are in the center of the park.

Donated by the Friends of Big Bend National Park, the sculpture commemorates the success of efforts to protect peregrine falcons, once an endangered species, in Big Bend National Park. The Friends of Big Bend National Park have assisted in the funding of years of research and monitoring of the peregrine within the park. Information about the falcon and the work the park has done to help protect it will be located at the base of the statue.

The bronze falcon was created by Bob Coffee, renowned Texas artist and member of Big Bend Friends’ Board of Directors. Bob has raised tens of thousands of dollars for the Friends of Big Bend from the sales of his bronze sculpture series "The Animals of Big Bend."

Park Superintendent William E. Wellman stated, "The Park is pleased to accept the donation of the peregrine falcon sculpture created by artist Bob Coffee. The statue’s donation culminates his years of dedicated effort and service to the Friends of Big Bend National Park."

Sales from "The Animals of Big Bend" a wildlife bronze series sculpted by Coffee have raised close to $20,000 for projects in the Park since 2000.

Coffee was recently named president of the Texas Society of Sculptors.