The Eagle has Landed – Again! Week 1 - Harley-Davison Motor Company

To recap: The Eagle Parade is an event sponsored by the Manchester Chapter of Veteran’s Count, a program of Easter Seals. After the amazing success of the Seacoast Chapter’s Eagle Parade, the Manchester Chapter wanted to continue this with a similar event. Artists were challenged to come up with designs to be transferred to a 4ft. tall plaster cast life-size image of the American Bald Eagle. Sponsors had the opportunity to choose a design of the many interpretations. That’s where the fun begins.

The following stories in the weeks ahead will chronicle Deb Curtin’s foray into the unknown world (for her) of the motorcycle or more specifically the Harley-Davidson motorcycle. The challenge is to put this theme somehow onto the Icon Poly sculpted eagle.


Week 1 Debbie Curtin On Eagle's Wings Sculpture.jpg

The eagle was dropped into my lap so to speak. It was if I would consider painting another eagle. This one would be for the Harley-Davison Motor Company. I went from having none of my initial designs chosen from the onset of the contest (five!) to being asked to paint a Boston Celtics themed eagle to now painting a Harley themed eagle. I did think about it for a week or so since I’d be coming into this cold with no sketches to show. Doing this on the spot or paint as you go can only work in some artistic avenues. This was a big deal and would I go through the angst again as I did with the Celtics eagle?

Well, apparently I am since I’m now looking at this bird as I write. Steve and I went and picked it up at the Easter Seals building about three weeks ago. Since then it’s been a lot of back and forth with ideas as to what to put on it. I spent time in reading the timeline history of this motorcycle; the original blueprint design by the young William S. Harley at age twenty one, and along with Arthur Davidson, the first one actually produced.

I was forwarded pictures from another interested party and spent time figuring out the best scenario to represent the H-D Company on this eagle by picking and choosing their motorcycle images along with my own renderings in an attempt to give a balance to the overall design. I was not getting ahead and felt unsure of what I was doing as answers were not readily available. Was I supposed to guess correctly and just do it? It became a three-way conversation of opinions and ideas so I decided to take the pressure off the Veteran’s Count folks and got in touch with the key person and sponsor at the H-D company in Manchester.

The Eagles for this project were manufactured by Icon Poly, a family owned company based in central Nebraska. Icon Poly started as a hobby of sculpting, sculpture point-up, and making fiberglass animals and sculptures by hand. In 1999, the company formed and began computerized sculpting, 3-D foam milling, laser digital sculpture enlargement, and a manufacturing process that accurately duplicates the likeness of sports and corporate mascots, make sophisticated trade show displays, and make multiple 3-D copies of a single design of paintable fiberglass sculptures for community art projects. With customer service and client satisfaction as top priorities, the company can bring even the simplest sketch or idea to reality using state of the art technology and the highest quality, environmentally friendly materials available. For more about Icon Poly, visit their website or follow them on Facebook and Twitter.

For more information about Veterans Count, visit their website. To learn more about Debbie Curtin and her projects, click here.