The Last Whistle

Ken Newman's avatar Ken Newman

This sculpture is a tribute to those who worked with their hands, proud of what they produced. Personal ambitions were sacrificed to better provide that secure income for their family. Many loved the occupation, others the quality of life. A time when a fair days work meant a fair days pay = a modest family vacation, a college fund and retirement/security. The end of a career—an era, a way of life. An individual whose physical presence suggests his occupation. Those who make hard work look effortless, although the descending stairs show the toll of years of labor. The iconic lunchbox and indestructible thermos suggest of his commitment to the occupation—carried efficiently, worn and dented, but still better than new. I look forward to engaging the visitors during ArtPrize with activities and questions; Who in your family is/was blue collar? What does blue collar mean to you?

Entry Details
  • Art form: 3-D
  • Depth: 48 inches
  • Medium: Bronze
  • Width: 48 inches
  • Year created: 2016
  • Height: 96 inches