Mesquite, Texas – April 29, 2019 – New artwork adorns the Mesquite Arts Center (MAC) landscape. Nestled in the trees across from the building’s east entrance stands “Amos,” an 11-foot statue handmade by Mesquite Police Lieutenant George Hensley.
The idea for a sculpture at MAC came two years ago during a conversation between Lt. Hensley and MAC staff. When staff expressed a desire for more sculpture on the property, Lt. Hensley offered his unique expertise.
Using scrap metal and traditional blacksmith methods, Hensley completed the sculpture within two years. The inspiration came from his family’s admiration of Louisiana street art and performers.
“We travel to Louisiana about twice a year,” said Hensley. “One night while walking along Frenchman Street, we got an opportunity to participate in a street concert. My son started playing along with the band members, and that was it...Amos.”
True to his muse, Amos captures the iconic elements of Louisiana street art from his elongated body to his performance dress and puffed cheeks. His name comes from the popular song, “Amos Moses,” performed by Jerry Reed.
Hensley has painted since he was child, but sculpting is a skill he picked up only three years ago. His repertoire includes smaller pieces such as tools and specialty décor, including custom furniture and Día de los Muertos-themed skulls. Amos is his first large sculpture.
“I decided to go big or go home with this one,” said Hensley.
When he isn’t serving the community, Lt. Hensley spends his free time painting, sculpting, welding and enjoying time with his family. Hensley has served the Mesquite Police Department more than 20 years.
Lt. Hensley currently is working on a life-size sculpture for the Mesquite Public Library System. Check out more of his work on his Facebook highlight page, Dos Donkeys Forge.
Learn more about Lt. Hensley's work in this episode of Hey, Mesquite!