DANA, Ind. (WAWV/WTWO) – A Southern Indiana sculptor contributed a new bust to the Ernie Pyle World War II Museum.

Ernie Plye was a famous World War II correspondent who published over 700 newspapers.

Sculptor David Ross Stevens was a former journalist as well, and believed Pyle was a necessary bust to unveil to the community.

“Pyle was such a wonderful writer and he needed to be honored,” Stevens said. “I reached out to the Ernie Pyle World War II Museum months ago because this whole space honored him.”

Stevens sculpted the Pyle bust out of cast powered stone, which he said was particularly satisfying to do.

“The powered stone is mixed with an epoxy to be a cookie dough like texture and is then put into a mold,” Stevens said.

Stevens said as most of his pieces are commissions, he created Pyle on his own initiative and donated it to the museum.

“The museum said they had a spring opening and I thought let’s do it,” Stevens said.

The new bust is available to visit during normal operation hours.