COLUMBIA — With the YouZeum’s scheduled opening a few weeks away, the museum designed to teach patrons about health and the human body unveiled a sculpture on Thursday near its entrance on Cherry Street near Sixth Street.
“The Touch” was conceived by Columbia artist Tammy Atkins in 2005. However, Atkins died in 2006 — and that’s when her colleague Mark Mueller, also of Columbia, stepped in to finish the project.
The bronze work depicts a young girl feeling the heartbeat of her doctor; its intent is to show the bond between patients and doctors.
The models for both the doctor and little girl were present at the unveiling. Ira Hubbell, Atkins’ stepfather and a doctor, lent his likeness to the project, while Kelsey Knorr was the model for the girl.
After seeing the finished product, Hubbell commented that he admired Mueller’s attention to detail: the artist had even included the doctor’s masonic ring.
People are encouraged to come see the statue outside of the YouZeum, which is scheduled to open May 1.