Delayed Unveiling Of Students' Marble Carving Is Saturday

SCOTTSVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Some Kentucky students who have been working on a marble carving will finally see their work unveiled this weekend.

Artist Andrew Wielawski has been working with five high school students to create the first of four large carvings at the corners of Scottsville’s town square.

The first carving is of the Jacksonian Hotel. It was supposed to be unveiled during Jacksonian Days in April 2020, but the coronavirus pandemic delayed it.

Now an unveiling is scheduled for 10 a.m. Saturday during this year's Jacksonian Days.

Although the Jacksonian was torn down decades ago, it’s still remembered by people in town, including some who had wedding receptions in its grand ballroom, Wielawski said.

The project was approved by the City Council, and the Rotary Club sponsored acquisition of four marble slabs from Friendsville, Tennessee, Wielawski said. The slab that the hotel is carved from came from the same Tennessee quarry as the hotel’s central stairway, he said.

Wielawski said he settled in Scottsville after living for decades in Italy, where he was a stone carver. He teaches stone carving to students in Scottsville and elsewhere.