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The Texian

Texian-Final-1-728x1024The Lone Star Monument and Historical Flag Park was awarded Outstanding Park or Facility Design – Class 1, from the SW National Recreation and Parks Association.

Did you know there are symbolic references to the Alamo, Goliad and the Battle of San Jacinto molded into the 14’ TEXIAN? You’ll be surprised how the drapes and wrinkles were envisioned and what the symbols represent.

“THE TEXIAN” first came to life in late 2005 and early 2006. Craig Campobella conceived “THE TEXIAN” through a rigorous study of Texas revolutionary history after first envisioning the Lone Star Monument and Historical Flag Park in December of 2005.

The decision was made to sculpt an image of the common volunteer Texian fighting man instead of using a popular and well-known hero of the period. Dress and details were the subject of years of emails and meetings with historic groups such as The Sons of the Republic of Texas.

To capture the drape and wrinkles of the attire, Campobella engaged period reenactors to wear vintage materials from the 1830s to discover how the wool pants and jackets reacted to wind and natural folds. Sculpting materials much coarser and heavier than today’s clothing, gave “THE TEXIAN” true period authenticity.

For Campobella, the flag had to be perfect. In 2009, the artist teamed with historian Jim Walker for what proved to be a unique way to grasp the effect of a flag waving in the wind. Walker drove at speeds of 5 to 35 mph, while Campobella, standing in the truck bed, waived a pole-mounted Lone Star Flag. Thephotographer snapped over 2,000 photographs during the drive. At the end, the perfect photograph was chosen and became the artist’s guide for “THE TEXIAN’s” bronze flag.

The symbolism

There are 13 rocks under “THE TEXIAN’s” left foot, one for every day of the siege at the Alamo.

On the stones are 354 markings, one for each soldier massacred at Goliad.

Under the right foot are nine stones representing the casualties at The Battle of San Jacinto. Under the right toe is the Santa Anna stone causing discomfort. Santa Anna continued to be a thorn in the side of the new Republic years after the glorious battle of San Jacinto.

There are 18 buttons on “THE TEXIAN”, one button for every minute fought at San Jacinto. In order to get 18, Campobella left one button off the left cuff of the jacket. The bronze threads can be seen, as if waving in the breeze, where a button had been lost.

During the winter, spring and summer of 2010, in an abandoned building with no heat or air-conditioning, “THE TEXIAN” came to life.

On April 21, 2011, during the exact time of day, and on the very same day the Battle of San Jacinto was raging 175 years earlier, “THE TEXIAN” was unveiled in front of over 1,500 proud Texans. Celebrities Marty Stuart, Clint Black and Sam Houston IV (the great-great-great-grandson of General Sam Houston, President of The Republic of Texas) along with dignitaries, war heroes, students and civic leaders joined in the celebration.

It was a grand day for Texas!

Navarro and Austin

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The relationship between the two Fathers of Texas —Jose Antonio Navarro and Stephen F. Austin — is a little known story that deserves more attention. The notion that white settlers were at the bottom of the revolution could not be further removed from the truth. Navarro was fomenting revolution long before Austin. In fact Austin sent troops to fight against Navarro when Navarro was stirring up a revolt in the Navasota area.

The two eventually became dear friends and Austin came around to the thoughts of revolution after living through the broken promises of the Mexican centralized government under Santa Ana.

Take time to read the letters between the Texian and Tejano that became close as brothers on the way to The Republic of Texas.

Navarro and Austin commissioned by Spirit of Texas Bank
To be located in The Woodlands, Texas

Links of interest:

https://www.tsl.texas.gov/treasures/giants/navarro/navarro-01.html
https://www.tsl.texas.gov/treasures/giants/navarro/austin-navarro-2.html

Dave Mercier Parsons

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In 2011, Craig was asked to create the likeness of 2011 Texas State Poet Laureate David Mercier Parsons that was installed in Founders Plaza in the downtown Conroe Art and Entertainment District.

Charles B. Stewart

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The Lone Star Monument and Historical Flag Park was awarded Outstanding Park or Facility Design – Class 1, from the SW National Recreation and Parks Association.