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Artist brings history of city to life in bronze statues

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Joe Rundell loads his clay statue of C.S. Mott into a truck.

“They're the history of Flint. Without these eight people, there wouldn't be a Flint,” Rundell said.

It's on its way to be turned into a beautiful, bronze work of art soon to be on display in Flint.

“They're going to take molds of this, then pour him in bronze,” Rundell said. “And the next time we'll see him in July or early August.”

The figure took Rundell about two and a half months to create.

He said the hardest part was re-creating the face, but he had good advice to get it right.

“Charles Stewart Mott's daughter came to the house, and she said that's the way she remembers her dad,” Rundell said.

The artist has made eight statues of iconic figures here in flint. But this last one, C.S. Mott, is extra special for him.

“It seems everybody I talked to that are my age or close, they've always got a story about C.S. Mott,” Rundell said. “He did this, or he did that. And to date I've heard no bad stories. So Mott – Mott is already a legend in Flint.”

Other statues in the series includes Walter Chrysler and Louis Chevrolet.

“And especially with this gentlemen behind me, teamed with Billy Durant, they just made things go,” Rundell said. “So here in Flint, Chrysler Motors started, Nash Motors started, and of course General Motors.”

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