Marine Corps War memorial in Arlington

Maquette
Date of appearance: 1946 — 1948
Sculptor: Felix de Weldon
Tags: usaflag


An original plaster maquette for the Marine Corps War memorial in Arlington, 1946 An original maquette in charcoal grey. One of a small number of plaster maquettes made up in 1946-48, perhaps 4 or more, this one recovered from de Weldon's studio in Washington. A plaster maquette was taken in to Congress to be shown to the house before Congressional approval, which unanimously voted to support the building of a new Marine Corps Memorial in land reserved in Arlington, just outside the Cemetery ground. Rather than carrying a heavier 4 foot version, de Weldon decided that a smaller version was more practicable, and so this smaller version was cast. Height 22 in (without flag) Length 26 in width 14 in weight 65 Lbs The new Marine Corps memorial at Arlington differed from de Weldon's original monument, which faithfully copied Rosenthal's photograph, in that he moved the front man and made him closer to the other 5 flag raisers, and he also repositioned the hands giving a unity of action and forward motion that is more dramatic. De Weldon said that the change made the memorial "more symbolic of the whole war effort of the strain and work, and the will to sacrifice." Congress passed its vote and gave de Weldon his land, the Memorial Foundation then raised $850,000 (perhaps $50 million today). De Weldon started work in 1947, finishing the actual size plaster version in 1951, followed by 3 years of casting in New York, with the final unveiling taking place in November 10, 1954.

Marine Corps War memorial in Arlington
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