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Ace the NOVA Nighthawk is immortalized in wood at NOVA-Manassas

first cuts
Nighthawks detail
finished product

Chainsaw artist Andrew Mallon of AM Sculptures recently carved a realistic likeness of Ace the NOVA Nighthawk at the Manassas Campus of Northern Virginia Community College as part of the back-to-school events sponsored by Student Life.

Wielding two large chainsaws and other power tools, Mallon started by creating an outline of NOVA’s mascot in a block of poplar. Over the course of an hour Mallon carved details of Ace’s face along with the words “NOVA” and “Nighthawks.”

Next Mallon highlighted various parts of the artwork by burning the wood and then removing some of charred spaces with a stiff brush. He also emphasized Ace’s features with spray paint in selected areas.

The chainsaw show was streamed live on NOVA’s Facebook page and has been watched more than a thousand times. Comments from viewers include “Must be amazing to do that” and “Wow, this guy is really talented.” To watch the video, go to www.facebook.com/NOVACommunityCollege.

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Northern Virginia Community College is the largest institution of higher education in the Commonwealth of Virginia and one of America's largest community colleges. NOVA enrolls more than 75,000 students at its six campuses in Alexandria, Annandale, Loudoun, Manassas, Springfield and Woodbridge, and through NOVA Online. For more information about NOVA and its programs or services, call 703-323-3000 or visit the College's Web site, www.nvcc.edu.