Mountaintop removal sculpture, sculptor, at Lexington church

Artist Jeff Chapman-Crane will be at St. Raphael's Episcopal Church in Lexington Thursday to discuss his sculpture, The Agony of Gaia, which depicts Mother Earth as a mountain, lying on her side in agony, as heavy equipment tears into her to remove coal.

Chapman-Crane, who is from Letcher County, spent years on the sculpture. It debuted in 2004 at a Kentuckians for the Commonwealth meeting. The discussion, which begins at 6:30 p.m., is the first of a series of forums held each Thursday during September.

Moderating the forums will be Father Johnnie E. Ross, the priest and rector at St. Raphael's, who is a retired state environmental scientist. The life-size sculpture will on display throughout the month at the church at 1891 Parkers Mill Road.

To see a color image of the sculpture, go to