Historic statues of Cincinnati
The above article was the cover story for the Sunday travel section of the Chicago Tribune of August 6 -- entitled "Cincinnati With Friends" -- and it proudly featured an "historic statue" made by Richard J. Miller -- representing John A. Roebling, the builder of the nearby suspension bridge over the Ohio River.
This was, regrettfully, the only public commission my dear father received in his 50 year career as a sculptor -- possibly due to a personality and business sense that's just about as miserable as my own -- and even then, he only got the job because the chosen artist had dropped out.
But still -- here it is -- and it seems to be having a career of its own as a public landmark for newspaper articles and postcards. (it doesn't hurt to have a riverboat permanently parked to the rear)
Here's a maquette for the statue -- and I think Old RJ could have had quite a career in the Soviet Union making heroic figures of Lenin -- while the finished piece reminds me more of a baroque saint -- displaying the tools of his martyrdom -- but then, what's heroic about a civil engineer ?
Now -- it's an "historic statue" -- creating a sense of tradition and place -- exactly what public statuary is supposed to do -- and though Cincinnati turned its back on him for most of his career -- I think he's left it a nice legacy.