Sunday, April 20, 2008

General Logan in Grant Park

How did I manage to miss this great equestrian
by America's greatest public sculptor
in Grant Park?

The sculptor is Augustus Saint Gaudens (1848-1907)
and the piece was completed in 1897

(note: the gentlemen in the foreground
were recording a reminiscence of
their glory days during the protests
and riot that accompanied the
1968 Democratic Convention )

Wow -- what a statue,
really a picture of masculine vigor
as imagined in
1895 America.

It's a bit cartoonish,
sacrificing everything for dramatic effect --
but what an effect !

and it makes for so many
dramatic views

dramatic views from all sides

John A. Logan
was the most celebrated
citizen soldier from that era.
(he became an officer -- because he recruited a company
from his home town)

Could it get any more dramatic?

and it's strong in the details, too

did not know how to make a weak shape,
everything is coiled like a spring.

(and how sad that contemporary
military leaders cannot be presented
on a horse)


Blogger Robert said...

Which Military leaders had you in mind Chris?!!!!!!

May 14, 2008  

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