The beautiful bronze sculpture in Randall’s parking lot caught my eye the first time we drove past it. It’s not something you see every day, and yet the placement of it makes it easily overlooked. It also makes it a little difficult to read the plaque because you have to stand in a busy driveway to read what it says and to admire the sculpture.
Nevertheless, I decided to make the effort. You may be totally familiar, and you may have read the plaque many times, but if not, I’ve got the text for you below the photo.
Boy With Hawk 1998 Bronze
“Back when doves and hawks meant peace loving or war loving, it seemed important to symbolize the need for balance in our view of world affairs, and so the human supporting the predator and the prey.
Making sculpture takes a lot of time, and as I worked on this piece week after week, it seemed the work took on a broader and more important meaning: that we have the capacity, in a sense, to balance the world’s ecology or to destroy it. This bronze sculpture of a young man is meant to symbolize that balance and that choice. — Charles Parks”
To me, this is yet another one of those great things about living in The Woodlands. There are these wonderful and surprising treasures scattered throughout; a trail here, a pocket park there, a pond with a fountain, beautiful sculptures here and there, even in the parking lot of a strip mall. I’m still discovering some of these treasures and toting up a list of reasons why I’m so happy to be living here. It’s quite a unique place.