Greyshoes (Upton Ethelbah Jr.)

Apache Sunrise Ceremony


Carrara marble
48 x 24 x 7 in.
1 available / limited
My inspiration for this sculpture is the unique “coming of age” ceremony that many young Apache girls experience. During this four-day ceremony, five Crown Dancers protect and bless her. During one of the days, she kneels on a blanket and faces the rising sun dressed in her finest buckskin, a shell tied to her hair high on her forehead. Raising her arms with palms facing the warmth of the sun, she bobs rhythmically, praying to Father Sun for his many blessings. I sculpted Apache Sunrise Ceremony from an 800-pound slab of Carrara marble using a combination of chisel-and-hammer, power tools, sandpaper, and imported stone polish.