Mark P. Williamson Stone Sculptor

Sculptor Mark P. Williamson To Design, Create and Install Permanent Public Sculpture in
                          Downtown Highland Park, Texas

Sculpture Represents Highland Park’s Commitment to Education and the Visual Arts

Dallas, Texas – May 17, 2004 - Award-winning sculptor Mark P. Williamson announced today that he will create a contemporary marble sculpture for permanent installation
at the Town’s public library in Highland Park, a suburb of Dallas, Texas. The seven-foot tall, 1000-pound piece will consist of a column of marble segments shaped as a stack of
end-on-end books. The freestanding piece, currently untitled, will feature Williamson’s trademark ripple pattern from top to base.

Beginning September 7, 2004, the work-in-progress will be on display near the Town Hall at Davis Park, 3801 Lexington Avenue. Local art students and Highland Park residents
are invited to visit the site during the creation of the piece and to speak with Williamson about carving technique and contemporary sculpture.

“I am proud to be able to share this monumental work with Highland Park,” commented Williamson. “As a graduate of Highland Park High School and a former resident of the
Town, it gives me great pleasure to be able to give back to this community. The sculpture will offer not only an enduring beauty, but also an opportunity for art students and art
enthusiasts to experience the creation of modern art first-hand.  I hope the work will inspire young artists to explore their own creativity and imagination.”   

William D. White, Jr., Mayor of Highland Park, stated, “Mark has had a life-long association with the Town and is currently making an impact in the contemporary art world.  
We are thrilled to add to the Town’s art collection with this public monument. The sculpture symbolizes Highland Park’s commitment to fine arts and education and will become
a legacy for future generations.”

Williamson anticipates completing and installing the sculpture in October 2004, with a public dedication and ribbon cutting ceremony following shortly thereafter.

About Mark P. Williamson
A professional sculptor, Williamson has received multiple awards for sculpting since 1990. Most recently, a work of his placed first for sculpture (a merit or second place overall)
at the 28th annual national juried art competition in October 2003 at the Roseville Art Center near Sacramento, CA. Williamson perfected his stone sculpting techniques while in
residence in Pietrasanta, Italy in 1991, and studied under the internationally renowned Spanish abstract sculptor, Xavier Corbero, in 2001. Williamson has ambitious plans to
work with several alternative materials in the creation of large installations, visionary abstractions, an incorporation of technology, and international collaborations.

Williamson's sculptures now sit in the collections of prominent socialites, business executives, and at the University of Texas at Austin.

For more information, please visit