William G. Huff And the art of sculpture
Who is William G. Huff? • William G Huff was born on February 3, 1903 in Fresno, California • At the age of 15 he moved to Oakland where he attended Oakland Technical High school. • He attended various art academies in Berkeley, studying under the famed Bennie Bufano. • He also spent time studying in San Francisco, New York, and a year in Paris.
TheStatue of Chief Solano-The Competition • In 1933, a Commission for the California Division of Parks was formed to oversee the competition for a sculpture of Chief Solano. The prize was to be $5500. • Several Sculptors entered the competition, but Huff walked away with the honor.
Conceptual Ideas Huff considered different approaches to the monument
Creating the Statue • When Mr. Huff began his research there was little known about the way Chief Solano looked. No known photograph was ever taken of him. • Mr. Huff was able to study a Bas relief created by Platon Vallejo, the son of General Mariano Vallejo.
Interesting Facts about The Chief Solano Statue • Statue is 12 feet tall • Cast in bronze by the Jerome Foundry in Oakland • Originally located off of what is now the CHP/Truck Scales on I-80 • Was moved partly due to vandalism
The Statue is Completed! The unveiling of the statue took place on June 3, 1934. Thousands of spectators joined in the festivities, which included speeches by Joseph Knowland, editor of the Oakland Tribune and commission member, Sachem of Massasoit Tribe; Senator McCormack of Rio Vista and Governor James Rolph Jr.
The Unveiling Let’s go back in time and join the citizens of Solano County for the much anticipated unveiling of Chief Solano.
Viewsof the Chief Solano Statue Montage from unveiling
Chief Solano finds a permanent home Chief Solano remained on a small knoll near the CHP truck scales until 1938. Vandals seemed unable to resist desecrating and damaging the sculpture, so the decision was made to move it to its present location in front of the old library.
Chief Solano Statue- County Icon The statue of Chief Solano has become more than a beloved centerpiece, it has truly become an icon for the people of Solano County
William G. Huff Visionary Artist • Mr. Huff’s inspiration didn’t end with Chief Solano. His drawing and sculpting fame continued to grow. His work doing bas-relief sculptures and drawings of Pleistocene (Ice Age) animals are still on display at the La Brea Tar Pits and The UC Berkeley Paleontology Department
The Golden Gate International Exposition Unity of the Pacific nations is America's concern and responsibility. San Francisco stands at the doorway to the sea that roars upon the shores of all these nations; and so to the Golden Gate International Exposition 1 gladly entrust a solemn duty. May this, America's world's fair on the Pacific in 1939, truly serve all nations.President Franklin D. RooseveltLetter to Mayor Angelo Rossi,19381
Creating the Venue- Treasure Island Aerial view of Treasure island-1939 The construction of Treasure Island began in February 1936 and was completed in January 1939. To build the 403 acre Island 29 million cubic yards of sand and gravel were dredged from the Bay and the Sacramento River delta. The name "Treasure Island" refers to the gold-laden fill dirt that washed down from the Sierras into the Bay, the fill which was dredged to create the island. Approximately 259 thousand tons of rock were used to create a rock seawall to contain the Island.
Unity in the Pacific For those who created the fair, and for many who attended it, the theme of Pacific unity was the heart and soul of the Golden Gate International Exposition (GGIE).
William G. Huff- Artist for the Golden Gate Exposition William G. Huff created a number of amazing sculptures that were prominently displayed at the exposition.
Sculpture through the years • As humans became more adept at
Sculpture in our world- The Beginning • The Venus of Willendorf is one of the earliest known figurine sculptures in the world. Made out of limestone, it was discovered in lower Austria. It dates from 30,0000 - 25,000 BCE • The second image is of an elongated bird. It is carved out of mammoth ivory. It was discovered in Siberia in 22th-21st millennium BC
Types of Sculpture • Carving- the technique of cutting and abrading the surface of block material to a specific form is the oldest form of sculpture • Casting is the creation of a mold from an original clay sculpture • Some molds are made to be reusable to create multiple pieces, sometimes in different mediums