School to Dedicate New Sculpture

Eric J. Kos This statue of Amelia Earhart is being called the first piece of public art on Bay Farm Island.

Students at Amelia Earhart Elementary School will dedicate a statue in front of their school on Tuesday, Dec. 15. The life-size bronze sculpture of Amelia Earhart has been installed at the elementary school on Bay Farm Island that bears the legendary pilot’s name.
The Davis Family Foundation granted the Frank Bette Center for the Arts a $32,000 gift to commission the statue. The Davis Family’s grant ensures the sculpture will belong to the school in perpetuity.
The sculpture, created by Jane DeDecker, features an inscription that is a quote from the aviatrix herself: “If they have the heart to do it, is it reckless? Maybe. But what do dreams know of boundaries?” 
Another inscription reads, “Everyone has oceans to fly.” 
The statue is considered the first public art on Bay Farm Island. 
Amelia Earhart is the most celebrated aviatrix in history and was one of the most famous women of her time. As America’s charismatic “Lady of the Air,” she set many aviation records, including becoming the first woman to fly across the Atlantic in 1928 as a passenger, the first woman (and second person after Lindbergh) to fly solo across the Atlantic in 1932, and the first person to fly alone across the Pacific, from Honolulu, Hawaii, to Oakland in 1935. In an era when men dominated aviation, she was truly a pioneer.
A fundraising site has been set up to benefit the statue at www.gofundme.com/pavetheway4
Amelia.