Art World Mourns Loss of a Great Sculptor
I’m sad to report that Jesús Moroles was killed Monday in a car collision on Interstate 35 north of Georgetown. He was travelling from his hometown of Rockport to Chickasaw, Oklahoma, where he was commissioned to create a sculpture. The cause of the collision is not known.
From Humble Beginnings to Museums Throughout the Country
Jesús Moroles was born in Corpus Christi, where both his parents were cotton farmers and he also grew up working in the fields. He attended El Centro College in Dallas and graduated from the University of North Texas. The 64 year-old artist earned wide recognition during his life, including the 2008 National Medal of Arts and the 2011 Texas State Artist award. His sculptures are displayed all over the United States, including two in Dallas.
Summertime Is When We Americans Hit the Roads
Unfortunately, summer is also called “the 100 deadliest days” of the years for drivers, according to Road Safe America. This year, an estimated 13,000 of us will tragically be killed in June, July and August in automobile or truck collisions. And some roads are more deadly than others.
Interstate 35 Is Incredibly Dangerous
Any one who has driven south from Dallas-Fort Worth to Austin knows just how harrowing road conditions can be. In fact, this stretch of interstate was rated the 13th most deadly highway in the United States, with a shocking 1.15 fatal accidents per mile and 659 fatalities from 2004-2008.