Texas Treasures is honored to represent Allegorical Artist James N. Muir, recent sculptor of “6 Core Values” Monument at Texas A&M University’s Kyle Field in College Station.

 

Standing at 24 feet tall, the bronze and stone sculpture “6 Core Values” has been a 2 year long project. It was first commissioned by the 12th Man Foundation, who strive to continue Texas A&M’s athletic success by funding scholarships, programs and facilities in support of championship athletics. Following the plans for the redevelopment of Texas A&M’s Kyle Stadium, which is considered the largest and most extensive stadium redevelopment project in college athletics this year, the Foundation wanted a commemorative sculpture to symbolize the university’s longstanding Core Values; Excellence, Integrity, Leadership, Loyalty, Respect, and Selfless-Service. As an Allegorical Artist, James was honored to be chosen as the leading sculptor for the project and to be apart of the Foundation’s overall vision.

 

The monument’s final installation was completed in August 2015, and the Dedication Ceremony and Unveiling was held on September 11, 2015, in front of the West Entrance of Kyle Stadium. The event then kicked-off the weekend of the 1st Home Game in the newly completed 485 Million Dollar Kyle Stadium’s Dedication.

"6 Core Values"

15” maquette ~ Limited Edition of 76,
To Honor the University’s Founding Year, 1876.
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A limestone tower of character, built upon the “solid rock” foundation of granite, stands as a Cenotaph in Memorium to all the Texas A&M/AMC graduates who have shaped their lives by the guiding principles of the “6 Core Values.”

 

Rising twenty-four feet high, for the twenty-four hours of every day, the edifice begins with the rough surface of raw character – the “rough ashlar” of the stone mason/sculptor being gradually worked and refined to become the geometrically “perfect ashlar” upon which shines the emblem of Texas A&M. This block of perfected character is, itself, directly supported by the “Tradition” block of those who have gone before and since been scattered to the four corners of the earth, as indicated by the four corner columns. In turn, the perfect ashlar of character supports the six columns of the “Core Values” standing in unity to uplift the ultimate three-tiered “capstone” of perfection of Body, Mind, and Spirit. In all there are twelve levels to the tower representing not only the twelve months of the year but also each has its own symbolically specific dimensions and shapes relating to life’s journey.

 

On each side of the Cenotaph tower is a bas-relief of the respective emblems of the A&M ring with the center Seal on the front. Beneath the Seal are chiseled the “6 Core Values”: RESPECT, LEADERSHIP, INTEGRITY, LOYALTY, EXCELLENCE, SELFLESS SERVICE. Above proudly stands a member of the elite Ross Volunteers, in a dress uniform with distinctive red sash, offering a sabre salute in RESPECT for the noble Values and Tradition of Texas A&M.

"Traditions"

17” maquette ~ Limited Edition of 24
The Original Concept for the Monument
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ARTIST"S STATEMENT

As the six core values are inseparable in the formation of character, they are also inseparable in the rendering of an artistic depiction: representative individuals working in unison to accomplish the mission of perfecting excellence of character in the A&M Graduate.

 

A limestone tower of character, built upon the “solid rock” foundation of granite, stands as a Cenotaph in Memorium to all the Texas A&M/AMC graduates who have shaped their lives by the guiding principles of the “Six Core Values.”

Designed to rise twenty-four feet high, for the twenty-four hours of every day, the edifice begins with the rough surface of raw character – the “rough ashlar” of the stone mason/sculptor being gradually worked and refined to become the geometrically “perfect ashlar” upon which shines the emblem of Texas A&M. This block of perfected character is, itself, directly supported by the “Tradition” block of those who have gone before and have since scattered to the four corners of the earth, as indicated by the four corner columns. In turn, the perfect ashlar of

character supports the six columns of the “Core Values” standing in unity to uplift the ultimate three-tiered “capstone” of perfection of Body, Mind, and Spirit. In all there are twelve levels to the tower representing not only the twelve months of the year but also each has its own symbolically specific dimensions and shapes relating to life’s journey.

5 ft. monument ~ Limited Edition of 6

Above the crest, stands the figure of a Ross Volunteer, offering a sabre salute in “RESPECT” for the heritage of Traditions left by all who have gone before.

At the very top of the arch of perfection is “LEADERSHIP” the Commander of the R.O.T.C., setting the example of leadership by helping his fellow “values” succeed in accomplishing their mission.

Next comes “INTEGRITY” in a firm forearm grip with Leadership. He is dressed in the simple working clothes of an engineer the “M” in A&M, he wears a compass on his wrist signifying unfailing determination of direction and purpose.

“LOYALTY” is next and has the symbolic locked elbow grasp to Integrity above. He is dressed in the mode of a farmer/rancher, in harmony with the earth as well as with Humanity the “A” in A&M. He is bare-chested to show the muscular strength of his determination and loyalty. Over his shoulder is his bag of “good seeds” to sow in the fertile ground of character. His strong grip to the figure below is one that cannot slip or fail.

Next comes “EXCELLENCE” – “the Great Equalizer”, a female student, now on the scene after so many years of A&M’s being an all-male institution. She is in the graduation gown and cap of the aspiring graduate (tassel not yet flipped over to the “graduate” side of her “mortar-board” as the building of character is a continuing process). In her left hand she clutches the Rose (yellow/gold) of Excellence, which will be placed upon the highest level once she has CLIMBED to the very top.

“Excellence” is being supported up the roughest base of the arch by “SELFLESS SERVICE.” This is depicted as one of the A&M recipients of the Medal of Honor, extending his hand to help others. Wearing the USAAF uniform and “crush cap” of a 1943 aviator. Around his neck is the Medal of Honor – the symbol of ultimate selfless service. He is reaching out, in a challenging invitation, to all who will join in the quest for perfection of character.

At the front are carved the Six Core Values, RESPECT. LEADERSHIP. INTEGRITY. LOYALTY. EXCELLENCE. SELFLESS SERVICE, followed by the word “Truth”, upon which all values are based. The hammer and chisel of the heritage of the A.M.C., left by the original carvers, rest below on the granite Book of Knowledge.

"Respect"

22” maquette ~ Limited Edition of 24

Model (Karl Samter) is featured with small clay in-progress version of “Respect”, the top figure that is a part of the 24 foot tall monument "6 Core Values" at the west entrance of Kyle Field at Texas A&M University. "Respect" features the single figure of a Ross Volunteer, offering a sabre salute in “RESPECT” for the heritage of Traditions left by all who have gone before.

JAMES N. MUIR

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