Eagle sculptures are an excellent option for communities wishing to honor all veterans without one particular branch of the military or military conflict. Depending on the design, size and material, eagle sculptures can be a more cost effective option for your memorial.
The centerpiece of the NYS World War II Memorial is a large stainless steel eagle, a national symbol of strength and freedom. With a wingspan of 12 feet, sitting atop a 9 foot-high pedestal, it is depicted in an attack posture in front of a 2-foot diameter globe as a representation of our defense of Democracy around the world. The sculpture is located in the center of a large round pool of water divided into two segments, symboliz-ing how WWII divided the world and represents the two theaters of the war. Names of cities, countries, islands, battles, military campaigns, years, etc. are etched into the wide granite walls of the pool. The European theatre is located on the right segment and the pacific theatre on the left segment. Between the pool segments, inclined stone planes have etchings depicting the story of the war, facts and wartime quotes. Cedar hedges encircle the pools, with a cobble walk between the pools and trees to symbolize the rough difficult road a soldier has to walk and the inability to escape the horrors of the war. Water jets create turbulence in the pools, symbolizing the lack of peace and har-mony during that period in history. Flags of the United States, New York State and branches of the service fly above the Memorial.
Cultures throughout history all over the world have associated themselves with animals to take on there spirits to gain the attributes that they wish to embody. Today, Universities, schools, sports teams, and military units all use animals to define there organizations spirit and values. This research led me to develop and explore my spirit series of wildlife sculpture. Whether it be the pack moving as one or the free spirit of a horse running, I use free flowing lines and negative space to define the muscle and fur patterns to express the grace, motion and true spirit of the the subject.
The pack hunts as one, they instinctually pursue, surround, and take down their prey as one. This sculpture depicts the pack in pursuit of there prey. Free flowing lines and negative space define the muscle and fur patterns to express the spirit and motion of the pack moving as one. The mist like lines and negative space of the wolves flow through each other to form one composition symbolizing the bond of the pack.
I have always envisioned this sculpture being a part of a 9-11 memorial. From out of the smoke and ashes of the 9-11 attacks the true and unbroken spirit of America has risen undeterred and stronger than ever.
This was my first spirit sculpture. My goal was to depict the mystical qualities of the wolf. I wanted the fur to have a flowing feeling that moves across the body and ground like a ghostly mist. I want the viewer to feel like they are looking across a misty prairie when they see something moving in the distance but are not sure if it real or there imagination.