KENNESAW, Ga. (May 31, 2011) -- Artist Jack Kimmich of JHK and Company is introducing the first in a series of limited-edition, life-cast bronze hand sculptures of golf's living legends teeing up a golf ball, beginning with World Golf Hall of Fame member Jack Nicklaus.
Licensed by the PGA TOUR and the World Golf Hall of Fame, this unique series of bronze art will be produced from a casting of the actual hand of one of golf's legendary figures. Each piece will be made in the United States in museum-quality art bronze employing the "lost wax" process -- used by artists for more than 2,000 years to hand-craft high-quality bronze art pieces. The casting will be presented on a base of black granite to complete the truly exquisite work of fine art.
A new edition featuring a Hall of Fame member will be introduced periodically, and a casting of each of the legends will be placed on permanent display in the World Golf Hall of Fame & Museum in St. Augustine, Fla. Only 1,500 pieces of this first edition in the series of collectibles will be cast.
The castings of the Jack Nicklaus edition and each future edition will be sequentially numbered with the year of issue and signature of the legend engraved into the bronze sculpture itself. A Certificate of Authenticity, signed by Kimmich, with the name of the original purchaser and the raised corporate seal of JHK and Company, will accompany each piece. Patrons of Hand of a Legend will be notified each year in advance of the public offering of each new edition, to provide them the opportunity to reserve the same edition number each year -- completing the list of items of authenticity necessary to make the Hand of a Legend series a truly compelling offering for collectors of golf memorabilia.
"This is such a unique piece of golf history and to be able to create a fine art piece such as this while supporting the Nicklaus Children's Health Care Foundation and the World Golf Hall of Fame & Museum is particularly gratifying," Kimmich said.
Patrons acquiring this unique art piece/golf collectible recognizing Nicklaus will also be helping two very worthy institutions -- the Nicklaus Children's Health Care Foundation, which is dedicated to supporting the health, safety and well-being of children, and the World Golf Hall of Fame, which preserves the history and legacies of golf's greats.
"Jack and his team have done a beautiful job with this piece," Nicklaus said. "The fine details and craftsmanship are outstanding, and it's very obvious that they have poured a great deal of time and themselves into this project. I am honored and humbled that the artist and the World Golf Hall of Fame chose me to launch this series. I am even more honored that they have dedicated proceeds to the Nicklaus Children's Health Care Foundation. It's ironic that the true hand in this project is the helping hand they are providing young boys and girls, as well as their families, who are in need of pediatric health-care services."
"This is a unique product that we are honored to feature in the World Golf Hall of Fame," said Jack Peter, Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of the World Golf Hall of Fame. "This piece of art will enhance the experience for our guests in the Museum, as well as continue our mission of celebrating the legacies of the game's greatest players."
Hand of a Legend castings will be announced as available on a first-come, first-served basis, and the opportunity to own this "piece of history" is truly limited by the small number of castings to be made. The pieces are now available for ordering at $2,035 each, including shipping within the continental U.S. Go to JHKandCompany.com to learn more about purchasing Hand of a Legend.