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Work in progress on "Innocence Remembered."

Work in progress on "Innocence Remembered."

Art in Public Places: Bristol Artist Receives Commission

December 20, 2007

CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) of East Tennessee has commissioned Bristol artist Val Lyle to create a sculpture to be placed in front of the juvenile court building in downtown Knoxville, Tenn. Unveiling is anticipated in April during National Child Abuse Prevention Month.

The statue, entitled "Innocence Remembered," will commemorate CASA's 20th anniversary and create community awareness of the growing problem of child abuse. The sculpture consists of two children in bronze sitting on a 48" wide triangular base of black granite. It will bear the inscription: "In remembrance of lives lost to child abuse. In celebration of lives saved through caring."

To help finance the project, engraved paver bricks are being sold to memorialize a loved one or add a message of inspiration. Proceeds go to the Light of Hope Child Abuse Victims Memorial Fund. Lyle, who received her MFA from East Tennessee State University, is donating half of her time and fees to CASA, a non-profit organization.

For more information, call CASA (865-329-3399) or email Val@ValLyle.com