Memorial Day, 2014

Mid-summer in 2012, I was invited to participate in a project to create a scale model of the Tomb of the Unknowns, from Arlington Cemetery,  The goal was to create a portable, realistic rendering of the Tomb of the Unknowns that could be displayed for civic events such as Memorial Day, Veterans Day, and the 4th of July.

The piece of constructed by a team of volunteers, using donated lumber, and after it was primered and painted with a base of white, I painted the carvings on the four sides of the cenotaph. 

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The entire model was then carefully marbleized, light and dark values were fine-tuned, and piece was sealed to ensure many years of use.

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 You can see the top piece sitting off  to one side, waiting for the layers of glaze that create the marble look to be applied. Subsequent darkening of the shadows, and the addition of highlights on this side, with figured representing Peace, Victory and Valor, increased the illusion of being carved.

 

The model was unveiled on May 27th, at the annual Memorial Day celebration.

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Additional photo's of the memorial and the event, can be found here:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/rbrucemontgomery/8870929212/in/photostream/ 

and here:

http://www.ipernity.com/doc/ronslog/album/364829

When not being used for civil events, the replica is on display at the Palm Springs Air Museum.

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The impact this piece has made, and working on it over the course of a presidential election, made it a very truly unique and positive experience for me.

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