Sturgis unveils new Flying Freedom sculpture

Mayor Mark Carstensen gives details about the new “Flying Freedom” sculpture unveiled Wednesday at Harley-Davidson Rally Point in Sturgis. Pioneer photos by Deb Holland

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STURGIS — The Harley-Davidson Rally Point in downtown Sturgis has a new permanent sculpture.

“Flying Freedom” is bronze sculpture of an eagle spreading its wings.

The sculpture’s brick base was built using 75 historic bricks taken from the original Harley-Davidson manufacturing plant in Milwaukee.

During the dedication Wednesday, Mayor Mark Carstensen said “Flying Freedom” is dedicated to all veterans of the United States Armed Forces in appreciation for their selfless devotion to preserve and protect our country.

“Flying Freedom” serves as an eternal symbol of courage, freedom, and the relentless sacrifices made by the few on behalf of the many,” he said. 

Flying Freedom comes from the Randolph Rose Collection, a family owned and operated company in Yonkers, N.Y., that specializes in handmade bronze sculptures. 

This is the second sculpture to grace downtown Sturgis through the efforts of the Downtown Sturgis Foundation. The first was a life-size bronze by artist Jeff Decker, which depicts Joe Petrali, champion hill climber and dirt bike racer, on his Harley-Davidson Streamliner. It was unveiled in June 2018.

The fundraising efforts of the Downtown Foundation continue in hopes of bringing more sculptures and benches to downtown Sturgis, Carstensen said.

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