|Posted by Paul Burik on June 24, 2011 at 10:55 AM|
On Sunday, July 10, 2011, the Czech Garden hosted a program highlighting the life of Frank Jirouch, a sculptor of Czech descent, who created many of the statues and busts in the Cleveland Cultural Gardens. This event was organized by the Cleveland Chapter of Czech and Slovak Society of Arts and Sciences (SVU).
SVU's Dr. Bohonek presented a program on the life of Mr. Jirouch, noting his education and how he started as a machinist learning first hand the properties of metal. His studies abroad and his eventual return to Cleveland where he started the firm of Fisher & Jirouch, architectural decorations studio, were highlighted. Dr. Bohonek pointed out the many sculptures and building ornamentations that were created by Frank Jirouch as well as his oil paintings. In return the Jirouch family, visiting from New Jersey, Virginia and locally, shared stories about their great uncle. Ed Jirouch Jr. spoke for the family, also sharing a few photographs.
Afterwards, refreshments were served by SVU and all had an opportunity to view the statues, take photographs and enjoy the Garden.