Barry Bingham Jr. honored today by family, friends

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by William Teague

WHAS11.com

Posted on October 17, 2013 at 6:18 PM

(WHAS11)-- A Renaissance man --- a journalist,  environmentalist as well as a photographer.
              Barry Bingham, Jr. was the publisher of the Courier-Journal,  his family also at one time owned broadcast properties that  included WHAS-TV and WHAS radio -AM and FM.
               He left an indelible mark on this community --- and now he's being remembered for it.
              Bingham was always known as a visionary --- with his own sense of style -- and that distinctive mustache.
             During his tenure at the Courier-Journal newspaper -- it won three prestigious Pulitizer prizes -- under his guidance WHAS11 and WHAS-radio flourished,  but Bingham wasn't just defined by business -- he loved photography - -and nature, especially at Bernheim Forest.
            With umbrella's in hand -- Bingham's family and friends gathered at the place he loved so much on Thursday.
          He would walk these very paths for 36 years on the Board of Directors --- and Thursday -- with the official plaque in place -- a dedication of this sculpture in his honor.
            100 tons of limestone brought in --- brought to life in what is being called earth measure.
            What appears to be a camera lens looking at the Kentucky landscape he loved so much, his wife Edie said he loved the stories it would tell.
           Edie said her husband was interested in nature, trees and photography, and how they all talked to each other.
Sculptor Matt Weir says that what his work does, from the camera lens, to what looks like a satellite dish offering tricks in sounds.
           A true dialogue with nature.
          Weir said instead of a traditional sculpture, a physical likeness to Bingham, he wanted something that would lead to a discussion.
          The man considered a local visionary, Bingham, now honored with a work capturing all of his loves --- photography, nature, science and architecture.
     


 

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