Mother and son joining three bronze oilworkers. Taft Petroleum Club to host luncheon
The public is invited to attend the dedication ceremony for the mother-child sculpture at the Taft Oilworker Monument Site and a luncheon that will follow at the Taft Petroleum Club.
The one-of-a-kind Oilworker Monument was erected in 2010 with three bronze sculptures working on a 1910-era cable tool drilling floor
On Saturday, October 22, the addition of two new bronze sculptures, a mother and her child, will be unveiled next to the three current oilfield workers on display.
The mother and child, dressed in historically-accurate 1910-era clothing, symbolize the family environment in which oilworkers lived, as evidenced by the lunch pail in the mother’s hand, as she hand carries her husband’s lunch to him on a typical workday.
These two new figures, commissioned by the original artist, Benjamin Victor (the youngest artist to have a sculpture in the National Statuary Hall at the United States Capital) will stand 7 feet 3 inches tall to compliment the 8 foot roustabouts standing next to the oil derrick.
Taft, a city rich in its 100-year history, exists because of the abundance of oil in the surrounding hills. This unveiling ceremony will take place on October 22 at 10 a.m. at the site of the existing Oilworker Monument at Sixth Street and Supply Row, followed by a celebratory luncheon at the Taft Petroleum Club, 450 Petroleum Club Road.
Both the dedication and the luncheon are open to the public, and while the unveiling is a free event, tickets for the luncheon are $25 per person.
Tickets may be purchased at the Taft Chamber of Commerce, 400 Kern Street, 661-765-2165.