"Moses and the Law" Coming to MC School of Law
July 30, 2007"Moses and the Law" is coming soon to Mississippi College's School of Law. Not a legal seminar, it's a tall bronze sculpture that will be unveiled this summer on the downtown Jackson campus.
The creation is the largest of MC professor Samuel Gore's nationally celebrated art career that spans more than a half-century.
Dr. Gore, 80, who began teaching on the main MC campus in Clinton in 1951, is putting the finishing touches on the 12-foot high, eight-feet wide creation that will be installed and followed up with a ceremony open to the public. To be mounted on the exterior wall of a classroom building, the sculpture will be able to be viewed by the public from the sidewalk on Griffith Street.
In recent days, Gore has been quietly working at a Memphis foundry and expects the work to be completed and shipped to the Jackson campus within two weeks.
"We are so honored to have the renowned artist Dr. Sam Gore create a sculpture for the Mississippi College School of Law," said MC law dean Jim Rosenblatt. "Moses as the Law Giver is a theme that fits well with our institution. This work will allow us to reflect on the role that rules play in governing one's conduct as well as in Moses' time."
The MC School of Law commissioned Gore to do the work and he was the logical choice with some of his other art on display at the Gore gallery on the MC campus. Other Gore art work is visible to students, staff and visitors walking on the heart of the main campus in Clinton, such as the sculpture "Servant Savior" completed in 2003. "The Reservist" is outside the Woolfolk State Office building near the Capitol. At First Baptist Church in Clinton, visitors can see his bronze named "Jesus and the Children."
His first major work at the MC School of Law is already getting rave notices and it hasn't quite arrived. "We believe the grandeur of the sculpture and its presentation will be of significant interest to the community," Rosenblatt said Friday. "I believe it is an inspired work."
During a recent interview on the campus at the 4,000-student Christian university, Gore was modest about his accomplishments and career that's recognized in art circles around the globe.
"I've had opportunities to serve with my art on three continents," Gore said. "I've got a lot to be thankful for."
His work at the MC School of Law and other places "is for the glory of God," Gore said. "I'm a servant. I'm not a hotshot looking down at everybody else. I'm washing feet figuratively."
Once he gets "Moses off my mind," Gore said he's got other projects on his agenda. He hopes to create for the MC School of Law a sculpture to be titled "Jesus, the Fulfillment of the Law," a fitting addition to the Moses sculpture.