By Eric Longabardi
NewportBeachNow has obtained the first pictures of a proposed memorial statue of former President Ronald Reagan, as rendered by local Newport Beach artist and sculptor Miriam Baker of Balboa Island.
Baker sculpted the scale models, known as "maquettes" for her proposal sent to the city last month. Baker and over a dozen other artists from around the country are vying for the project.
According to Baker, another slightly different version of the statue from above, with the former President waving as opposed to giving the 'thumbs up' gesture will most likely be what the final version ultimately look likes if she is selected to create it.
Newport Beach City Councilman Keith Curry who spearheaded the Reagan statue memorial from the start told NewportBeachNow that although a committee of donors have yet to make their recommendation to the city, that "the donor committee is very pleased" with Ms. Baker's work and she is a "distinguished artist" who's previous work depicting Reagan in sculpture makes her "an excellent choice" to create the statue.
Last week the City's Art Commission recommended Baker as their choice to create the statue. The final decision on who will ultimately creates the statue is still pending. That decision will ultimately fall to Newport Beach City Manager Dave Kiff, according to a resolution passed by the Newport Beach City Council in February.