How sculptor E. Spencer Schubert found his art in the spotlight.

Rush Limbaugh's bust is enshrined in Missouri's Capitol, but sculptor E. Spencer Schubert is ready to move on 

How sculptor E. Spencer Schubert found his art in the spotlight.

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"It's not like he made a sculpture of Hitler," Dorrell says. "People will realize that he was just doing a commission the same way he was for Buck and Dred."

In late May, the Limbaugh bust managed one last media gasp. House officials announced that a security camera would be installed and focused on Limbaugh's bust, which is now displayed across from Warren Hearnes, the state's 46th governor, and next to George Caleb Bingham, a 19th-century frontier painter. Taxpayer cost: $1,100.

Trevor Fox, Missouri House communications director, tells The Pitch that in his 16 years working at the Capitol, he has never heard of a bust being defaced or damaged. So is there fear that the Limbaugh bust would be defaced by angry citizens?

"Obviously, you could extrapolate that," he says.

For his next project, Schubert is getting away from the polarizing Limbaugh and back to a universally loved figure: Buck O'Neil.

Schubert wants to make miniature versions of his O'Neil bust with the proceeds going to the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum.

"The plan would be to ask for donations of a certain dollar amount that hasn't been decided yet," Schubert says. "As a thank-you for that, you get a limited-edition maquette."

Schubert's goal is to raise $200,000 for the museum through events likely connected to Major League Baseball's All-Star Game, which takes place July 10 at Kauffman Stadium, and celebrations on what would have been O'Neil's 101st birthday November 13.

Bob Kendrick, Negro Leagues Baseball Museum president, says the museum is working on getting authorization from O'Neil's estate to use the baseball great's likeness.

"We're excited about the opportunity," Kendrick says. "It beautifully captures that charisma of Buck: the big smile, the bright eyes. All of that comes across in Spencer's work."

All of which went unnoticed in the Limbaugh sculpture.

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