Bloch Family Gift is Adds New Attraction to Bloch School Campus
Larger-than-life statue of Henry and Marion Bloch unveiled
There’s been lots of buzz about the opening of the new Henry W. Bloch Executive Hall for Entrepreneurship and Innovation in the past year, and especially this fall.
Students, faculty, staff and friends alike celebrated the opening of the 68,000-square-foot facility at a special event on Aug. 27 that included a program with remarks from the leadership behind the new facility, including special guests UM President Tim Wolfe, Bloch School Dean Teng-Kee Tan, and the man who made it all possible, Mr. Henry W. Bloch.
The Bloch Executive Hall is the newest addition to the Henry W. Bloch School of Management campus, which now consists of the historic Bloch School building (or Bloch Heritage Hall) as well as the Executive Hall, giving students two beautiful spaces in which to learn, collaborate, and succeed.
Another special monument was unveiled on Aug. 26 – an eight-foot tall sculpture of Henry and Marion Bloch that graces the space between the Bloch Heritage Hall and Bloch Executive Hall, unifying the two spaces with the likeness of the people that have given so much to the school.
The statue was commissioned nearly two years ago by Henry and Marion’s children, who wanted to commemorate their parents’ generosity and commitment to the Bloch School and to Kansas City.
Eugene Daub, a nationally-celebrated sculptor, created the larger-than-life sculpture (called “life and a half” which in sculpture is often done for statues that need to compete with an open or outdoor space, and thus need to be bigger than life-size).
With the aid of numerous photographs of the couple and strict instruction along the way from the Bloch children, Daub captured Henry and Marion in their 60s as they were seen by their children – “in a love story, always touching each other.”
Daub and his partner, Dr. Rob Firmin, were celebrated earlier this year for the commemorative Rosa Parks sculpture they created for the U.S. Capitol. Daub also has two other pieces in Kansas City – the Lewis and Clark and the Corps of Discovery statues in downtown Kansas City.
Tom Bloch addressed his dad on behalf of his brother and sisters. “Dad, please know your children and grandchildren for generations will be able to walk past that statue and be reminded of our love for you and Mom and all that you’ve represented and done for Kansas City and UMKC and the Bloch School.”