Alston Featured in 'A Sculpted Life'

Alston Featured in ‘A Sculpted Life’

Creighton professor Littleton Alston, MFA, was featured in the NET documentary “A Sculpted Life,” which premiered in February on Nebraska’s public broadcasting station, and is viewable online at netnebraska.org/basic-page/television/sculpted-life.

Alston is the first African American sculptor commissioned to create a piece for National Statuary Hall at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C.

The D.C. native’s 7-foot bronze statue of writer Willa Cather will represent the state of Nebraska at the popular exhibit, which attracts millions of visitors from around the world and long ago captured Alston’s imagination.

Growing up in an impoverished, high-crime area in D.C., Alston would ride his bike to the U.S. Capitol on hot summer days and wander through Statuary Hall, gazing in awe at the bronze and marble figures.

“They were very distant,” he said. “They were like Olympian gods — they didn’t look like me, that’s for sure!”

“A Sculpted Life” follows Alston on his creative quest to understand Cather, and explores how personal struggles have shaped his own life. Alston’s Cather statue will be installed at Statuary Hall sometime in 2021.