A life-size bust of Terry Anderson, intended as a "welcome home" gift someday and in the meantime to serve as a reminder of his plight -- will go on display in his hometown of Batavia.
The terra cotta sculpture is the work of Lackawanna native Louis Dlugosz and will be presented to Batavia officials by Lackawanna officials at 10:30 a.m. Thursday in Batavia City Hall.
"It will be on display in the Genesee Country Mall until he is released," Batavia City Council President Lee F. Allyn said Tuesday.
The work depicts the journalist being held hostage in Beirut, Lebanon. The chains are meant to depict his captivity and the globe the fact the world seems to be powerless to do anything about it, according to the artist's sister, Betty Watt.
Dlugosz, who has returned to Poland where he has spent much of the past several years, was unaware of Anderson's plight until he returned home for a visit, Mrs. Watt related. Anderson has been held hostage in Lebanon since March 1985.
"He doesn't get a lot of news in Poland so I save things for him and he was very hurt and angry when he learned about Terry Anderson," Mrs. Watt said.
"He wanted to know why no one could help him and the sculpture is his way of trying to help."
She said her brother returned to Poland two weeks ago and had worked on the sculpture in the basement of her home during his six-month visit.
"It was his idea to give it to the people of Batavia and leave it with them until Terry comes home," she said.
Lackawanna Mayor Thomas E. Radich will make the presentation along with Dlugosz's son, Nicholas, a Lackawanna police officer.
Anderson's sister, Peggy Say, also is expected to attend, Allyn said.
According to Radich, "the intent of Mr. Dlugosz's work is to let the family and friends of Terry Anderson know he is not forgotten, with the hope our government will exhaust every possibility to seek his release and that of all Americans being held hostage."