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Doctor has a vision for sculpture in town

May 27, 1997

By LISA GRAYBEAL

Staff Writer, Waynesboro

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - A local doctor wants to add to the beauty and culture of Waynesboro by building a large steel sculpture and displaying it somewhere in town.

Dr. Mohammad Haq, an internal medical doctor with an office on Walnut Street, presented his idea to Council at last week's meeting in hopes of generating some interest and volunteers to build it.

"I've always wanted it for this town. I wanted to do something that would fit into the town," Haq said.

According to a small scale model Haq carved from wood, the sculpture he has in mind looks like two white birds overlapping each other to form the letter `W.' The final work would be 6-feet by 12-feet standing on a platform, ideally surrounded by a garden at its base with lights underneath the birds' wings that would illuminate the artwork at night.

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"It's a big project. I hope it's something we can work out," he said.

A frequent visitor to Washington, D.C. and Baltimore, and a former resident of Buffalo and Wellsville, N.Y., Haq said he's always admired the artwork, monuments and sculptures that can be found in large towns and cities.

"They add to the beauty of the towns," Haq said. "They represent the spirit of the people."

Though Haq developed the model and does some sculpting as a hobby, he said he is by no means an expert and is seeking guidance from anyone interested in the area.

"I'd like to have someone to tell me what to do," he said.

The model is in the hands of an engineer now who is preparing a computer module of the sculpture to determine how to cut the steel and how to support the structure, among other factors.

Meanwhile, Haq is also soliciting ideas from the public for an appropriate and visible place to display the sculpture in the borough.

"I like the idea," said Councilman Vicki Huff. "But you don't want to put it some place where it won't be seen."

Council members offered their support of the project, though they told Haq it would be up to him to raise the money to build and maintain it. Several suggested forming a group which would oversee the project and keep the public informed.

"I think it's an excellent idea," said Councilman Delmos Oldham. "It's something unique for the town."

Anyone with suggestions should call the Borough offices at 717-762-2101.

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