The United States WWI Centennial Commission announced this week that renowned sculptor Sabin Howard’s design was chosen for “The Great War’s” National Monument.
Soon there will be a new national monument near the White House in Washington, D.C., that will honor the more than 116,000 soldiers who died in World War I and the nearly 5 million individuals who served. Veteran sculptor Sabin Howard, along with 25-year-old architect Joe Weishaar, were awarded the commission, undoubtedly cementing Howard’s legacy as one of the nation’s top artists.
Via the U.S. Department of Defense, “The design concept met the challenges of creating a concept for such an important memorial. Those challenges included finding an appropriate way to honor the magnitude of the service and sacrifice of the nearly 5 million people who served.”
Edwin Fountain, the U.S. WWI Centennial Commission’s vice chairman, suggested, “The design concept had to work into the surrounding landscape, complement the iconic architecture and design of historic Washington, and serve as a city park. The winning concept will go through an extensive design review from a number of agencies, including the Commission of Fine Arts, the National Capital Planning Commission, and the National Park Service. The commission hopes to begin construction on Veterans Day 2017, with a possible dedication on Veterans Day 2018. The commission is looking to raise $30 million to $40 million for the memorial.”
To learn more, visit the U.S. Department of Defense.
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Andrew Webster is the former Editor of Fine Art Today and worked as an editorial and creative marketing assistant for Streamline Publishing. Andrew graduated from The University of North Carolina at Asheville with a B.A. in Art History and Ceramics. He then moved on to the University of Oregon, where he completed an M.A. in Art History. Studying under scholar Kathleen Nicholson, he completed a thesis project that investigated the peculiar practice of embedded self-portraiture within Christian imagery during the 15th and early 16th centuries in Italy.


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