We are delighted to give you a sneak peek at Hutto’s first sculpture! Last year, the City commissioned a sculptor at Bartlett Stone in Florence, TX to create a sculpture that gains its inspiration from the Historic Cotton Gin and brings a piece of our past into the future developments of the City. 

Matthew Johnson, the sculptor has more than 25 years of experience in the craft and business of carving stone.   This two-ton piece of limestone began as a solid block and he carved away at it creating what you see below. The leaves and blooms of the cotton plant, along with the rollers found in the original cotton gin served as the inspiration for the final piece.

Check back soon for more pictures!

Detail of stylized cotton gin sculpture
Detail of in-process cotton gin sculpture.
Detail of leaf on in-progress stylized cotton gin sculpture.
Detail of  pointed leaf on in-progress stylized cotton gin sculpture.
Detail of pointed leaf on in-progress stylized cotton gin sculpture.
Section of stylized cotton gin sculpture with red and blue lines marking areas where stone will be removed.
Detail of pointed leaf on in-progress stylized cotton gin sculpture.
Detail of pointed leaf on in-progress stylized cotton gin sculpture.
Stone chips around the base of the in-progress stylized cotton gin sculpture.
Red and blue wax mark detail of in-progress stylized cotton gin sculpture.
Carved leaf detail of in-progress stylized cotton gin sculpture.
Concept sketches of stylized cotton gin sculpture on the studio wall.
Concept sketches for stylized cotton gin sculpture.
Concept sketches for stylized cotton gin sculpture.
Detail of cotton bud and leaves on in-progress stylized cotton gin sculpture.
Statue covered by blue cloth with city council members standing around it.
Large white limestone statue with councilmembers standing around it.
City Council members with large white sculpture.
Men and women standing around large white sculpture.