The Herald Bulletin

June 23, 2012

‘Hunger Games’ author sponsors two Walking Man statues

By Abbey Doyle
The Herald Bulletin

ANDERSON, Ind. — Levi Rinker’s family was no stranger to the struggle he had to get for fudning for his public art project.

At a wedding in the midst of the project, his cousin and his cousin’s wife heard about Rinker’s plight and wanted to help.

You‘ve probably never heard of Rinker‘s cousin but perhaps you have heard of his cousin‘s wife -— Suzanne Collins, author of the internationally bestselling trilogy “The Hunger Games.”

“They said they wanted to help,” Rinker said. “And I said, ’Thank you.’ It was nice that they came to me, I didn’t have to ask. It was flattering that they recognized this as something they wanted to be a part of.”

Rinker said Collins was happy to sponsor. But with so much advertising and “hoopla” surrounding the release of “The Hunger Games” movie, the couple wanted their Walking Man artist to have 100 percent creative freedom and not worry about glorifying the books or the movie.

The first statue went to Anderson Public Library and the second to Liberty Christian School, good fits for an author.

Although Collins hasn’t seen the Walking Man Project in person, Rinker said he knows she will take part in the tour when she comes to visit this summer.

“It is always great to support family and see their dreams come to fruition whether it is a small niece’s dance recital or having a book published,” Rinker said.

He pointed out that Collins and her husband have always been supporters of the arts and this is another way for them to carry out that passion.