War Memorial Building: Part I


This sculpture shows soldiers from WWI contrasted with farmers and field workers. I'm not exactly sure what the meaning behind this is supposed to be, but I think it is perhaps the transition from civilian life to soldier or how civilians and soldiers must work together. The middle figure appears to be a symbol for mothers.

If anyone has any insight, I'd love to hear more. I couldn't find any information on the internet about this particular sculpture.

15 comments:

Olivier said...

une belle sculpture pour ce memorial et bel hommage

B SQUARED said...

Your explanation works for me.

Lois said...

I think your interpretation is great!

brian stout said...

i agree, i'll go with your interpretation... definitely looks like some type of transition. nice shot

Small City Scenes said...

What a wonderful sculpture. When was it done? I have noticed that older sculptures are more--well i don't know what werd I want--not ornate but real. I like your interpetation too.
I'm in the Army now
Not behind a plow.

MB

Halcyon said...

MB: This was built during the 1940s under the WPA. I actually think it's more of a relief than a sculpture, but it's pretty neat I think. I have another one coming up later this week too, so check back.

VP said...

We are lucky that this beautiful monument was made when sculpture had something to express yet. People can understand something only looking at this, almost impossible with more recent 'art'.

Dorothy said...

I think you are right. To me, it shows how everyone worked together in the war effort.
To answer your question, Yes, I live in north Mississippi.

Per Stromsjo said...

Without mothers, there'd be neither soldiers nor civilians...

Halcyon said...

VP: I know exactly what you mean. But I do like some pieces of modern sculpture. You don't necessarily have to understand things to enjoy them.

Dorothy: So nice to meet a fellow Mississippi blogger! Yay!!! :D

Per: Ding, ding, ding... we have a winner! I really like your interpretation. Makes perfect sense.

Although I think it's really nice that everyone can see something in this piece. It's nice when a work of art makes you think a little bit.

Jacob said...

Nice shot and I think you're right on in that it depicts how in such an endeavor everyone is required to pitch in and do their duty...

And I also appreciated your comments about the Viking golf tournament. One good thing is that it gives some of the "lesser" lights a chance to shine!

ρομπερτ said...

Reminded me of
'They will beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks. Nation will not take up sword against nation, nor will they train for war anymore.' (Isaiah 2:4 & Micah 4:3)

daily athens

Leif Hagen said...

A wonderful sculpture with a lot of importance! We'll be dedicating our new service officer memorial in EAgan soon!

gogouci said...

Your interpretation sounds good. Beautiful and intricate craftsmanship.

EG Wow said...

Your interpretation seems right to me. :)