(Washington, D.C., born 1943)
Maquette for the Baldacchino, National WWII Monument, Washington, D.C., ed. 3/20, artist's stamp on edge, patinated bronze, 16 x 10-1/2 x 10-1/2 in.
Note: Raymond Kaskey is an American sculptor most well-known for his works of monumental and memorial sculpture. He studied architecture at Carnegie Mellon University and Yale University, and in 1983 established Kaskey Studio. Throughout his career as an artist, Kaskey has received numerous commissions to create public art for civic buildings and memorials across the country, including the architectural sculptures for the National World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C. and Portlandia for the Portland Public Services Building in Portland, Oregon.
Located on 17th Street, between Constitution and Independence Avenues in D.C. is the WWII Memorial. Finished in 2004, this monumental piece of art honors the more than 400,000 people who died in the second World War. Raymond Kaskey, working alongside Architect Friedrich St. Florian, played a huge role in its design and construction. Featured throughout are Kaskey's "four bronze columns, eight bronze eagles, two bronze laurel wreaths for the archways, twenty four bronze bas reliefs for the ceremonial entrance, four thousand and forty eight sculpted gold stars for the Freedom Wall, one hundred and twelve bronze wreaths with armatures, fifty two bronze ropes for the pillars, and two flagpoles which mark the entrance to the Memorial." Brunk Auctions is pleased to present a maquette for this piece from the artist.
(Brown, Stephen R. Jewel of the Mall: The World War II Memorial. Stephen R. Brown, 2011.) .
Provenance: The Studio Collection of Ray Kaskey, Brentwood, Maryland
good condition, verdigris patina