SAINT AUGUSTINE – A bronze sculpture of Henry M. Flagler crafted by St Augustine artist Cory Wicker has been installed at Potter’s Wax Museum in downtown St. Augustine.Ceremonies were conducted Aug. 2 with a ribbon cutting and unveiling.
Flagler is known as an American industrialist and founder of Standard Oil, as well as a key figure in the development of the Atlantic coast of Florida and founder of what became Florida East Coast Railway.
Wicker, born and raised in St. Augustine and a graduate of St. Augustine High School and Florida School of the Arts in Palatka, serves as a national artist and sculpture for Historic Tours of America and its seven city locations throughout the U.S. He created the carefully detailed Flagler piece from initial drawings, while closely studying the “look and feel” of the man, to hot wax forms, clay and foam castings, many additional production steps, and finally to the bronze cast produced at a northeast Florida foundry. The sculpture depicts Flagler during his 50s and at the height of his work in St. Augustine, with a pensive look in his eyes to the future.
Wicker’s work was supervised by Montgomery “Monte” Triz, National Director of Art Design for Historic Tours of America and a team of the company’s creative artists and designers in St. Augustine.
The bronze figure in period clothing and accoutrements is seated on a wood and steel decorative bench outside of the Museum at 31 Orange St. The historic site is located next to The Authentic Old Drug store built by Antonio Gomaas in 1739 as a place of revelry, dating back to the early days when St. Augustine was a Spanish hamlet.
Potter’s Wax Museum is owned and operated by Historic Tours of America, Inc., parent company of the renowned Old Town Trolley Tours of St. Augustine.