BLOOMING, a new sculpture, was dedicated in MacArthur Park today (July 11). It is a gift from Hanam, South Korea, one of Little Rock’s Sister Cities.
In 2017, Little Rock sculptor Michael Warrick traveled to Hanam and installed a sculpture in a park there in commemoration of the 25th anniversary of the Sister City relationship between the two cities. This new sculpture, which represents a ginkgo tree, is a reciprocal gift.
At the dedication ceremony, in addition to remarks by Mayor Frank Scott Jr., and Hanam May Kim Sang Ho, comments were given by former Little Rock mayors Sharon Priest, Jim Dailey, and Mark Stodola. In addition, Mrs. Sun Cha Lee, chair of ATA International spoke. Mrs. Lee and her late husband, Eternal Grand Master H. U. Lee, first suggested to Sharon Priest the possibility of a Sister City relationship between Little Rock and Hanam.