Unveiling the Quixote Sculptures

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This Saturday, May 11, the Gateway Arts Center in Brentwood, MD, unveiled the sculptures that we donated in memory of Bill Callahan, co-founder of the Quixote Center and the embodiment of Don Quixote. Dan Walsh, of Fire Knife Studio, created these sculptures in 1996. Originally situated in front of the “old yellow tugboat” of a house that the Quixote Center inhabited on Varnum Street in Brentwood, MD, they were re-installed here when the Quixote Center relocated in 2011. The sculptures are made from 1-inch thick steel plates and were hand fabricated using a number of welding and flame-cutting processes.

During the unveiling ceremony, Quixote Center Co-founder, Dolly Pomerleau took the stage and included the Quixote Center’s mission statement in her comments:

“A gathering of people
who work and pray
with laughter
to reach for stars
that seem too distant
to be touched,
or too dim
to be worth
the effort.
We try to be friends
with people in need,
and to celebrate life
with people
who believe that
the struggle
to be like Jesus
in building a world
more justly loving
is worth the gift
of our lives.”

Many of Brentwood’s newly elected town officials were in attendance, including Mayor Betty Jean Bailey Schmiddigen and council members Jim Cooksey, Jennifer Murphy, and Jason Barnett.

We are so proud of Dolly and Dan, and we want to thank the multitude of volunteers who participated in the loving restoration and repainting of these sculptures for public display. The sculptures remind us that impossible dreams are not so impossible when dreamed together. Thank you!