One crisp October morning, as the sun was rising, I spent a few quiet moments alone photographing this amazing statue of country music legend Dolly Parton. It stands at the foothills to the Great Smoky Mountains in the courthouse square of the small town of Sevierville, TN. The six and a half foot statue, not including the rock base, was sculpted by local artist Jim Gray over more than 2,000 hours. It was unveiled in the courthouse square on May 3rd, 1987.
When asked about her statue, Dolly likes to quote the loving words of her father as saying, “To your fans you may be some sort of an idol. But to the pigeons down at the courthouse, you’re just another outhouse.” And Dolly’s father, before his passing, would sneak out to the statue at night, with a bucket and sponge, to clean the pigeon poop off the statue.
Photography: 30 min, Canon EOS 5DSR, 720 Photos, 50 megapixels each
Pre-Processing RAW photos: 8 hrs
Camera Alignment: 4 hrs
Mesh High Res Reconstruction: 9 hrs, 107.3 mil tris
Texturing: 6.5 hrs