Gov. Whitcomb both impressed, disquieted by bust



Low-key as ever, former Gov. Edgar Whitcomb first spurned the idea of an artist sculpting his bust for public display.

Now that artist Greg Harris has committed Whitcomb’s likeness to a limestone block, the Hayden native finds looking at the sculpture a bit unsettling.

“It was a little awkward,” Whitcomb, 95, said Thursday of his sneak peek at the white limestone bust. “Here’s a piece of stone that resembles me, and it’s a little awkward. It is a good and excellent piece of artwork, though.”

Harris used photographs to sculpt the likeness on the stone, which came from Lawrence County. Harris lives in Perry County, which Whitcomb also calls home.

Gov.-elect Mike Pence will unveil the bust on Sunday. Whitcomb, who called Seymour home before being elected secretary of state and then governor, plans to attend. It’s part of the ceremonies in Indianapolis leading up to Pence’s inauguration on Monday morning.

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