Alan "Dale" Wright
Alan "Dale" Wright, whose steel sculptures grace the Scottsdale, AZ landscape, died Monday morning, March 14, 2005 in Phoenix, AZ from complications of mesothelioma
John Leptich, correspondent for the East Valley Tribune, wrote:
"Wright's most famous statue on display in Scottsdale is a metal piece of
fictional character Don Quixote on a horse. The piece, completed in 1968, sits near the lagoon in front of City Hall. "Mr. Wright's Don Quixote is one of the
earliest sculptures placed in Civic Center Park and it is much loved by Scottsdale visitors and residents." said Valerie Vadala Homer, Director of Scottsdale Public Art.
Wright's 10-foot-tall winged man statue Icarus, a mythological figure whose wings fastened with wax melted as he flew toward the sun, is part of a city plan for a
stretch of North Hayden Road. It is scheduled to be placed at the east entrance of the Scottsdale Airpark by summer 2006. "We will also be installing his work The Mountain Climber at an area sports facility." said Valerie Vadala Homer.
"Unfortunately, he didn't get to see that one in place," said Valerie Vadala Homer, director of public art for the Scottsdale Cultural Council. "We have pieces by him that are very loved in the city's collection. This is a great loss."
As well as being a sculptor and artist of renown, Dale shared a passion for dogs. He was a Dog Show Judge for Hound Breeds and did shows all over the world. He was
a breeder and trainer of his beloved Saluki dogs, and had shown dogs not only regionally and across the United States but also around the world, including Saudi Arabia.
Alan was a veteran who had served his country not only in the U.S. Army, but also in the U.S. Navy. Born March 21, 1935 in Portland, Oregon.He grew up in Portland, OR and many of his family members still live in this area.
Alan is survived by his wife, Dauna Wright, his four children: Jaci Wright Bowen of Portland, OR; Bob Wright of Portland, OR; Danya Wright Chiago of Phoenix, AZ; Vincent Wright of Palmdale, California. He leaves behind 5 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren. Preceded in death by one brother, Martin Wright of WA., he
is survived by a brother Bruce B. Wright, and two sisters, Hope Wright Smith and Laura Kuhl of the Portland, OR area.