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Quad Graphics Dedicates New Statue at Sussex Plant to Quadracci

Monday, August 11, 2003

Press release from the issuing company

August 11, 2003 -- Our company's founder, the late Harry V. Quadracci, had many passions, chief among them family and art. On July 29, members of Harry's immediate and extended (i.e., Quad/Graphics) family joined together at the main entrance of our Sussex plant to witness the dedication of a special piece of art: a 16-foot abstract sculpture that embodies our late founder's upward and forward vision. The sculpture – perched atop a four-foot Lannon stone pedestal and surrounded by plantings of euonomous and boxwood bushes – is the creation of Richard Taylor, one of Harry's favorite artists who served as our company's resident artist from 1987 to 1999. Inside our walls, Richard has created many of the murals and sculptures that adorn our facilities. Independently, Richard has earned renown for his works on display in Chicago-area banks and businesses, as well as Chicago's Navy Pier and Milwaukee's Riverwalk and Marcus Center for the Performing Arts. "Nine months ago, we contacted Richard to create something special for this space that is both beautiful and meaningful," said President & CEO Tom Quadracci. "Richard has been a part of Quad/Graphics for many years and worked closely with Harry, so he was the obvious choice to create this work." The sculpture, which took Richard approximately nine months to design and create, features abstract representations of things he closely associates with Harry and Quad/Graphics, including ovals reminiscent of our corporate logo and the wheel on the late Harry R. "Senior" Quadracci's first press, the Belle City Queen, which stands in the front lobby of the Sussex plant. With a little more imagination, Richard said, you might find a bow tie or a heart. "Harry [was] a creative CEO," Richard said. "He was truly one of the most inspiring people in my life. If not for the vision of Harry, I would not be doing what I am doing today, nor would any of us." In describing his sculpture, titled Above and Beyond, Richard said it has elements of both boldness and delicacy and features aspects of Harry's legacy, from thoughtfulness and playfulness to a strong sense upward, infinite movement. Richard chose to paint the welded aluminum sculpture "rusty orange" to provide a dramatic, yet complementary contrast to its backdrop (the plant). Furthermore, the color is vibrant and surprising, much like Harry's personality. In his remarks, Tom Quadracci said that the sculpture completes the architect's original plans for our Sussex High Touch Centre. "When the architects designed our corporate headquarters, they envisioned something important be placed at the center of this circular drive," he said. "The structure was never completed because Harry couldn't figure out the the perfect piece. Following Harry's death, it became obvious that this very special place should be dedicated to Harry's memory and the founding of Quad/Graphics." Betty Quadracci, Harry's spouse of 39 years and a co-founder of the company, joined Tom in unveiling the sculpture to the 500-plus employees in attendance. "It's been a year and I'm still trying to find my voice, still trying to find a way to talk about Harry, and I haven't found it yet," Betty said. "But all your prayers and notes and calls have meant so much. I will never, ever forget your kindness, nor will my family. Thank you so much for all that you've done."

 

 

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