The Amazing Dr. Fox
By Frank Ordaz
When I first came to Auburn and turned off the Maple exit into Old Town I saw the large concrete sculpture of a man panning for Gold. It was a symbol of Auburn’s rich history of gold mining. However, as I continued to drive around town I passed these larger than life concrete sculptures of Amazonian warrior women. One was ready to shoot an arrow into the air and the other majestically balanced a spear. It soon became apparent that a tiny dental office was the background for these marvelous structures. Soon I found out that it was the work of dentist Dr. Ken Fox. However, his work did not appear without some concerns from the local folks as a result of these giant nude figures.
Coming this October, the Auburn Arts Commission will feature a retrospective of the Amazing Dr. Ken Fox. Born in 1925, Ken came to Auburn in 1928 where his dad was the Placer Union High School band master. A graduate of Dental School at USC Ken Fox at that time tasted his love for sculpting by making some teeth for his studies. He never forgot his love of that experience. In 1957 he began studying sculpting at Sac State, Sierra College and UC Davis. Soon after he began 10 years of clay and cement sculpting. When I interviewed Dr. Fox I soon learned of his strong passion for life. In between raising 4 children and serving at Hamilton Air Force base in 1951, he was a rodeo cowboy as well as a builder of 3 stone homes on Landis Circle.
The show will feature photographs of Dr. Fox’s large cement sculptures as well as rare behind the scenes images of those works in progress. Also included will be many life sized terra cotta head sculptures, many of which have never been on display until this exhibit. A reception will be planned and we hope you plan to join us for this wonderful legacy event at our City Hall Gallery come October 2015.