Sculpture Title: "Burrito"
Artist: Martha Pettigrew
Location: Emergency Entrance
Dimensions: 14h x 14w x 10d
Sculpture Walk Season: 2012-13
Martha Pettigrew - Interview
Martha Pettigrew, the sculptor behind “Burrito,” says “all the hard-working little burros in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico,” inspired her piece for Avera McKennan Hospital & University Health Center’s 2012 SculptureWalk. “The little burro works hard for a living, but retains his innate dignity. I have a great respect for the motions of animals, and I want that respect to show in my work. I want this piece to make people smile,” she says.
“Burrito”, which is made of bronze, is typical of Pettigrew’s work in style, but varies in terms of subject. “This piece is typical of my style; however, most of my sculptures are human figures,” she says.
Formerly an illustrator, and a graduate of the University of Nebraska, Lincoln, with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree, Pettigrew’s work can be found in major collections including: Eastman Kodak Company, Rochester, New York; J.P. Morgan Company, New York; Nebraska Racing Hall of Fame, Grand Island, Neb., Anheuser Busch Distributors, Columbus, Ohio, and Grand Island, Neb. and many others.
She and her husband, Del, work out of their studio in Kearney, Neb. “I enjoy making a living at something that is creative, fun and appreciated by others,” she says.