A stunning gift from Paddy Wade and the late Jeptha Wade was installed at 7 am on Thursday morning in a newly-created plaza in a grassy area on Bedford’s municipal campus. Wade’s will stipulated that the statue should be left to the town and centrally sited so that it can be enjoyed by families, townspeople and visitors alike. The gift was accepted by the Selectmen in 2010.
A ceremony to welcome the sculpture to its new site is scheduled for 1 pm on Bedford Day, Saturday, September 15.
Dance Rhythm is the 1966 work of sculptor Chaim Gross, a noted Austrian-American sculptor. A plaque near the statue will read Given to the Town by Jep and Paddy Wade, who also liked to dance. The plaque was funded through a generous Bedford Cultural Council grant awarded to Bedford Center for the Arts.
It is hoped that this prominent work will join the Minuteman statue at Memorial Park and Madeleine Lord’s sculpture outside Town Center in helping to define Bedford as a place where public art is welcome.