Fine Art                 
Bronze Sculptures ~ Oil Paintings
Original ~ Limited Editions
"Classics of Tomorrow . . . Today"
"The Gateway ~ Nacogdoches, the Oldest Town in Texas"
Where the Dream of Texas was Born
Public Unveiling Ceremony Photos Below:
Mr. Billy Early, Pres. of Bright Foundation -  
Friends & Citizens of Nacogdoches
Friends & Citizens of Nacogdoches
Friends & Citizens of Nacogdoches
Michael Boyett - Television Interview
Models for the sculpture
Mr. John Mast, Carol Boyett, Michael Boyett,
Mrs. Charles Bright, Mrs. Joyce Swearington,
Mrs. Wanda Russell, (left to right)
Mr. Charles Bright (center)
Mr. Dean Cherry, Michael Boyett
The Sculpture's Process:
Original Design Idea
Sculpted styrafoam foundation over
steel skeleton
Clay "skin" over styrafoam for
intricate detail and texture
The rubber mold process
Production & cleaning of 200 reproduction
Wax burnout oven process for  over
200 reproduction waxes
Chasing and cleaning  of 200 raw bronze
Assembling and welding of 200 raw bronze
Assembled raw bronze monument, sandblasted
Patina process (acid coloration) of sandblasted bronze
2,000 pound - Completed monument arrives in
Nacogdoches from the foundry, Deep in the Heart
Foundry, Bastrop, TX
Installation process with foundry crew and help of
Bright Foundation members, John Mast and
Stanley Jones.
Photo Courtesy of Photographer Dave Bush, Nacogdoches, TX
Pouring of molten bronze
in over 200 ceramic shells

“1821, Texas was a vast unsettled
province in northern Mexico.  The
Mexican government encouraged
colonization with the Constitution of 1824
and its promise of free land, no taxes and
unlimited opportunities.  In the years that
followed, 25,000 Americans poured into
this broad and fertile land west of the
Sabine and east of the Colorado.  For
them, the
“Dream of Texas was Born.”
(Taken from the introduction of “The
Alamo” Soundtrack)

Nacogdoches is not only known as “the
Oldest Town in Texas,” but also as the
“Gateway.”  As the early pioneers forged
westward, this town was their last contact
with civilization. It was literally the gateway
to Texas and to the vast unsettled
Southwest beyond.

This monument pays tribute not only to
the city of Nacogdoches, but to the
courageous and adventurous spirits of
the first families that helped to establish
and settle the great state of Texas.

“The Gateway” is located on the town
square of Nacogdoches, TX on Hwy 21,
also known as
“El Camino Real” or “The King’s Highway.”