"The Optimist" by Don Gummer is made of cast stainless steel with a bronze base. It measures 7 ft. high, 4 ft. deep and 5 ft. in width and is mounted on a six ton Indiana limestone base.
About the Artist
Don Gummer was born in Louisville, KY, in 1946. Don attended the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston from 1966-70. He graduated with a BFA, MFA from Yale University school Fine Arts, New Haven, 1973.
Don resides in Taconic, Connecticut, with his wife of twenty-three years - actress Meryl Streep and their four children. Don's sculptures are in collections worldwide.
"Fear and hate are no match for love and optimism" - Don Gummer --September 30, 2001-Quote from speech at dedication and unveiling ceremony.