Giant Economy Boosters Heading to Fort Stockton

By Cierra Putman
NewsWest 9

Silhouettes from the past will soon line the way to Fort Stockton and the city's Economic Development Corporation is hoping the blasts from the past will boost the economy.

"There's a lot of heavy metal on this project," Brian Norwood said.

More than 4,000 pounds of it, but that's all in a days work for sculptor Brian Norwood. His work helped put his hometown on the map.

"The first project that I did of this scale was for Jal," he said. "It has drawn people here, we've had people here from Japan, Germany, Switzerland, all over the world."

Now Fort Stockton wants him to help show off some of its history.

"It will consist of two groupings off of Interstate 10," Norwood said. "One's on the west side, a small hunting party of Comanche on the east side will be a column of Calvary."

The sculptures are huge, the tallest will stand nearly 30 feet, and they all can easily be seen from the road. And Fort Stockton hopes once the statues are up, people will flock into town and help boost their economy.

They're working in Jal and Norwood thinks Fort Stockton's will be even better.

"It will have a larger effect on Fort Stockton's economy because of the number of people who are driving through on the Interstate," he said. "As an artist, this really appeals to me, its fantastic to think thousands of people a day will see your work, but to know that its also benefiting the community and helping to draw people in and improve their economy really adds to that."

He also hopes his work will make a few people slow down and respect the past.

"Hopefully for just a second, just an instant as people drive by out there, they'll look and go 'Oh my gosh, there's a column of cavalry or there's a group of Indians," he said. "For just that second they'll get to see a piece of history and think it's real."

Norwood's been working on this project for months and expects to finish by the end of January if the weather's good. But he won't be done with Fort Stockton; he's also building smaller pieces as part of the "Fort Stockton Tourism Enhancement Project."