Cornerstones of Freedom
by James N. Muir
Cornerstones of Freedom was the Festival’s 4th public art project. It was exhibited at the 2001 National Western Art Exhibition and Sale. Artist James Muir was an exhibiting artist that year attending his first show in San Dimas. His piece, They Served Well, was selected as the Festival Choice. It is a maquette of the 11-foot monument at the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Memorial in Phoenix, Arizona. At the end of the show, Ms. Muir approached the Festival and suggested Cornerstones as a public art piece. Her offer was one the Festival could not refuse, and the Festival Board approved the project. Tragically and ironically, just weeks after the Board approval our country was attacked on September 11, 2001.
Cornerstones of Freedom was dedicated during our 2002 National Western Art Exhibition and Sale. James Muir attended and spoke at the ceremony, and, although not in the Exhibition that year, he provided a wonderful seminar on his public art throughout the country.
The San Dimas Festival of arts is grateful to the City of San Dimas for both the beautiful installation and the native landscape, making for a spectacular presentation, particularly at night with a light shining on the twin figures of Lady Liberty and Lady Justice.