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April 18, 2014

Hillie Strong

Local artist unveils new sculpture for Haverhill High, in remembrance of Marathon victims


The sculpture appears to have motion, which Rogers said he intended through its wave-shaped front and back sides. Rogers sculpted a large "H" into the front of the piece, with "Hillies" recessed into the opposite side. He etched this saying into the back of the piece: "It takes fire to temper steel but adversity to temper a man."

Rogers said the saying came from Scully, who suggested it be incorporated into the sculpture.

"I think it's a truthful statement and a great saying," Rogers said. "Without adversity we tend to stay stagnant."

A single winged running shoe crowns the sculpture.

"We wanted to add a subtle remembrance of the Marathon and the victims of last year's bombings," Rogers said.

Prior to the unveiling, Rogers chatted with his former art teacher Susan Paradis, who he credits with inspiring him to continue on with his art after high school.

"She gave me 95 percent of all my formal art training," Rogers said.

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