Victory Kneels Down

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Victory Kneels Down depicts what would have happened if the goddess of Victory, having swooped down to revel in the glorious victory of her chosen army, had noticed a dying soldier at her feet and had knelt down in the mud of war to cradle his head. Would the world have been a different place if in this myth he'd gestured to the battle field and had simply asked her "why" with his last breath?

I sculpted this relief to address what I see as the woeful lack of art addressing the banal senseless evil of war. There seems to be no lack of art glorifying it. Look in the nearest park and you will see something that memorializes the noble fallen dead of some war or the other and which in some sense glamorizes those who made the sacrifice. Another famous example of art being the mistress of war is the enlistment poster depicting a woman drowned in the sinking of the Lusitania still clutching her dead baby as she floats in the water. This poster caused riots in the city of Boston that were believed to have been pivotal to the US involvement in world war one.

If you look at the shield of the soldier you will notice no emblem or symbol. I felt that it was inappropriate to decorate an implement of war. Furthermore, I have deliberately not depicted the carnage of a battle. I only imply it with the colors of the patina that I have chosen.

Victory Kneels Down is a limited edition lost wax bronze casting of 6 (not counting a possible artist's proof copy). It was cast at the Artworks Foundry in Berkeley, California, which is one of the nation's premier fine art foundries. Its dimensions are 30"H x 30"W x 2"D. The edition is currently open and priced at $10,000.00 each. For more information on ordering a relief, click this sentence.

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