58-Foot Bronze Frieze Begun For First-Ever National World War I Monument In D.C.

  • February 14, 2021 14:38

  • Email
Sabin Howard’s sculpture, A Soldier’s Journey, will be the focal point of the memorial. (Courtesy The U.S. World War One Centennial Commission)

A massive 38-figure sculptural frieze at the center of a new memorial commemorating those who served in the First World War is underway.

The "nation's official World War I monument when it's unveiled in Washington, D.C., in 2023 or 2024, may be the largest freestanding bronze relief in the western hemisphere," according to USA Today

Artist Sabin Howard has been working with a team of sculptors and models on the project at his studio in Englewood, N.J., since August 2019. The 58-foot long, 10-foot high tableau is dubbed "A Soldier's Journey." (See the work in progress.)


The sculpture's first elements were cast into bronze in a "First Pour" at a U.K. foundry in January. "With the clay sculpture now being cast in bronze, the sculpture will now outlast us all," said Howard. "This memorial will play forward the sacredness and importance of WWI; it is made for the visitors coming to Washington to see this country’s history."

A national memorial exists in D.C. for every major U.S. conflict, except World War One. The monument will honor the 4.7 million Americans who served in the Great War, including the 116,516 who lost their lives.

To be located in Pershing Park, a block away from the White House, the World War One memorial is nearing its $50 million fundraising goal, according to the Doughboy Foundation. Learn more about the project here.

Read more at USA Today

  • Email

More News Feed Headlines

Banksy, Love is in the Bin.

Banksy's Shredded Painting Sells for Artist Record of $25.4 Million

  • NPR / October 14th, 2021

A Banksy painting that partially self-destructed on the auction block three years ago has sold again, for a record ...

View of Destination Crenshaw’s Sankofa Park featuring design for Charles Dickson’s sculpture Car Culture.  Plans for the final work include colored paint for the surface.  Rendering by Perkins&Will, courtesy of Destination Crenshaw.

$100 Million Redesign of 1.3 Mile Section of L.A.'s Crenshaw Boulevard to Feature Major New Works by 100 Black Artists

  • ArtfixDaily / October 14th, 2021

Destination Crenshaw, the $100 million public-private initiative to redesign 1.3 miles of Crenshaw Boulevard as an ...

Romare Bearden, “River Mist” (1962), mixed media, 54 x 40 inches, Romare Bearden Foundation (courtesy DC Moore Gallery, NY.  Art © Romare Bearden Foundation/Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY)

Major Exhibition of Romare Bearden Abstract Works Begins Museum Tour

  • ArtfixDaily / October 14th, 2021

Romare Bearden: Abstraction, an important traveling exhibition organized by the American Federation of Arts and The ...

Simon George of Cornwall, about 1535-40, Hans Holbein the Younger (German, 1497/98 – 1543).  Mixed technique on panel.  Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main

First Major U.S. Exhibition of Holbein the Younger Brings 16th Century In-Crowd to L.A. and N.Y.

  • ArtfixDaily / October 13th, 2021

In the early 1500s, if you wanted to impress people with your good looks and accomplishments, a portrait by Hans ...


Related Press Releases

The Trustees

ARTFIXdaily Artwire