Springfield, Ohio - If you think Michelangelo's breathtaking art is only found in Italy, think again. It can be found right here in Springfield on a replica of a popular motorcycle, which has been a bit unconventionally dressed by Jimmy Humphries, Wittenberg University associate professor of theatre and dance, with a scene from the Sistine Chapel.
[motorcycle] Humphries' sculpture is one of the twenty-six lifesize motorcycle statues that have been turned into works of art by local artists. The motorcycles will be auctioned off at HOTT! (Hogs On The Town), Saturday July 27, on the grounds of Mid-Ohio Harley-Davidson to benefit the Springfield Symphony Orchestra (SSO).
The motorcycles are to be featured at various locations around town, including one to be displayed on Wittenberg's campus in the Benham-Pence Student Center. Humphries' sculpture is now on display at Mid-Ohio Harley-Davidson Inc. located at 2100 Quality Lane in Springfield.
The Wittenberg Guild first approached Humphries last fall about doing the project. Fifty hours later, the first Michelangelo inspired motorcycle was born. This is the first year for the fundraiser and Humphries is eager about it. "I'm curious to see who is in the market for these sculptures and what price they will fetch," Humphries said.
Humphries came up with the design idea in the shower. "It's true, I think about a lot of design ideas there," he said.
Wittenberg President Baird Tipson is the vice president of the SSO Board. All proceeds from the auctioned statues will go directly to the SSO to pay for its many educational and outreach programs. The programs are designed to enhance local children's education and improve the quality of life for residents of all ages. For more information call the SSO (937) 325-8100.