Self-taught sculptor Austen Brantley defines his art and reflects on creating a statue of Detroit Civil Rights Activist Viola Liuzzo at his studio. Kimberly P. Mitchell, Detroit Free Press

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Austen Brantley, 23, of Detroit was chosen to sculpt Viola Liuzzo after members of the Viola Liuzza board chose his sketch out of more than 30 Evan Carter, The Detroit News

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Detroit statue joins the highway marker in paying tribute to Liuzzo. The sculpture was created on commission by African-American sculptor Austen Brantley, 23, whose studio is in Royal Oak.

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