Lincoln Memorial

Located on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. ,the Lincoln Memorial was built to honor the 16th President of the United States, Abraham Lincoln.  Sculpted by Daniel Chester French, a large seated sculpture of Abraham Lincoln is placed inside the building that designed by Henry Bacon in the form of a Greek Doric temple.

Lincoln Memorial Statue

Lincoln Memorial Statue. Photo by Jeff Kubina

The statue was carved by the Piccirilli Brothers under the supervision of the sculptor, Daniel Chester French, and took four years to complete. The statue, originally intended to be only 10 feet (3.0 m) tall, was, on further consideration, enlarged so that it finally stood 19 feet (5.8 m) tall from head to foot.

There are inscriptions of two well-known speeches by Lincoln, The Gettysburg Address and his Second Inaugural Address. The memorial has been the site of many famous speeches, including Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech, delivered on August 28, 1963.
(Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lincoln_Memorial)

 

Iwo Jima Memorial

Designed by sculptor Felix DeWeldon, The United States Marine Memorial, is also known as Iwo Jima Memorial. At 78′ total height, it is considered  to be the tallest cast bronze statue in the world. Each figure is 32′ tall, the flagpole is 60′. The statue’s composition is based on the Pulitzer prize winning photo by Joe Rosenthal. It took 3 years to cast the statues in bronze.

Iwo Jima Memorial Arlington National Cemetery Washington DC

Iwo Jima Memorial in Washington DC. Arlington National Cemetery

 

 

 

Ancient Sculpture

Did you know that animal art, both in sculptures and cave paintings, was one of the first known art forms of the ancient world?

Ivory carving of horse, Vogelherd cave,from 33,000 BCE