To promote breast cancer awareness month in October, McKinney is welcoming a guest that has gained a lot of attention in the Dallas area recently. A 14-foot high, 13-foot wide, metal sculpture of a 1950s-inspired bra symbolically hanging from a tree of life will make an appearance in front of the McKinney Performing Arts Center (MPAC) on Saturday, October 15.
On Saturday at 2:30 p.m., McKinney City Council members will welcome the sculpture with a proclamation for Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The sculpture will stay in Historic Downtown, located on the MPAC lawn on Kentucky St., until the following week.
The sculpture was co-created by local artist George Tobolowsky and Susan G. Komen Honorary Chairperson for the Komen Dallas Race for the Cure 2011 Leslie Ezelle (both pictured above). The exhibit has received recent attention for its visits to West Village in Uptown Dallas and Dallas City Hall earlier this month.
The metal sculpture is made of recycled metal and depicts an 1100-pound bra in front of a 10-feet tree of life and is named “Ann-E Girl” to honor Pamela Anne Toudoze, who lost a courageous nine-year battle against breast cancer. The sculpture embodies the catchphrase, “You can’t strap a good woman down.”
Its stop in McKinney is the first before it is anticipated to leave Texas for the West Coast. Ezelle hopes to bring Ann-E Girl to California to appear on the Ellen DeGeneres Show. Ezelle has been using Ann-E Girl to garner attention for the Komen Dallas Race for the Cure and to celebrate with supporters and fellow breast cancer survivors. Before working for the Susan G. Komen Foundation, Ezelle appeared as a contestant on HGTV Design Star and is a former Dallas Cowboys Cheerleader.