The statue of Dr. Walter D. “Doug” Smith, founder of Francis Marion College (now University), stands at the portico where he’d greet incoming students each semester. Doug Smith wasn’t aware he was modeling for a statue. Alex Palkovich befriended him, took photos, and secretly created the sculpture. He sculpted the face at home, not in the studio. Upon the unveiling of the statue, Smith said, “All my life I wanted to be 6’5.”
Palkovich notes that the hardest work of a sculptor is to tell a whole story through a single person. This sculpture of one man tells the full story.
Doug Smith Statue
J. Howard Stokes Administration Building
Francis Marion University
4822 E Palmetto Street
Florence, SC 29506