Mines unveils new 'Blaster' sculpture

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Mines unveils new 'Blaster' sculpture

GOLDEN, Colo., Aug. 6, 2008 – Colorado School of Mines will celebrate the donation of “Blaster” by Cindy Willard during a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the Student Recreation Center, located at the intersection of Maple and 16th streets in Golden, at 3 p.m. Aug. 7.

The 8 feet high sculpture, created by Willard’s husband Rob Willard, was designed with the school’s mining heritage in mind and made to look as though it was carved from stone.

 “The donation provided an opportunity for me to give back to the community of Golden where I live, work and play. My husband’s grandfather graduated from Colorado School of Mines in 1899 and there have been several hard rock miners in our families going back for generations,” Cindy Willard said.  “Colorado School of Mines is among the finest institutions of higher learning in the country and we are proud to donate the ‘Blaster’ sculpture to the school.”

Cindy Willard, a broker for RE/MAX Alliance, earned her real estate license in 2005 and is a member of the Jefferson County Board of Realtors.

The Willards live in Golden.

Founded in 1874, Colorado School of Mines was established to serve the needs of the local mining industry. Today, the School has an international reputation for excellence in both engineering education and the applied sciences with special expertise in the development and stewardship of the Earth's resources. For more information about Colorado School of Mines, visit www.mines.edu.



Karen Gilbert, Public Relations Specialist
303-273-3541 / Karen.Gilbert@is.mines.edu
Marsha Williams, Director of Integrated Marketing Communications
303-273-3326 / marswill@mines.edu

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