Remembering Charleston's sculptor: Willard Hirsch

Hirsch's "Joy of Motherhood" (provided)

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) - During the 20th century, the late Willard Hirsch was an artistic figure in Charleston. Even now, his work can be found in many public buildings and parks throughout the region.

According to his daughter, Jane Hirsch, her father's works spanned many media forms. He loved nature and much of his work depicts Lowcountry scenes and creatures.

"When I was growing up everyone knew my father and his work," Jane said on Lowcountry Live.

Modern society did not know as much, so Jane began going through William's photos and scrapbooks of his work. She decided she needed to preserve his art for future generations. She has released a book, "Art is a Powerful Language:{} Willard Hirsch -- the Man, the Artist." Jane compiled the book with photography by Doug Pinkerton

"It's been just a very wonderful experience," said Jane.

In addition, on Friday, September 21 an exhibit opens at the Gibbes Museum of Art called "Willard Hirsch: Charleston's Sculptor." Thirty-Five sculptures will be on view.

"Bronze, wood carving, terra cotta," said curator Sara Arnold. "He worked in many different kinds of materials."

Visitors will also learn about Hirsch's outdoor sculptures still on permanent display in Charleston and South Carolina. Favorites include "The Little Dancer" at White Point Garden along the Charleston Battery and "Joy of Motherhood" at Brookgreen Gardens in Myrtle Beach.