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"I like people who are so good at what they do, that they're almost insane." - Jolene Blalock
"I like people who are so good at what they do, that they're almost insane." - Jolene Blalock

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Published on Mar 6, 2013
This is a primer on the subject of how a bronze monument is physically made, starting from a rough sketch and ending with the installation of a finished sculpture in a public place, using the St. Augustine Foot Soldiers Monument as an example. It's about 8 minutes long.

SPECIAL THANKS
The Commissioning Agency: St. Augustine Foot Soldiers Remembrance Project, Inc.
The City of St. Augustine for use of their Site Plan and Elevation drawings.
Thanks IODA! Click on "Buy Finale" to purchase music by Virgil Thompson on eMusic.

THE LARGER PICTURE
This movie merely documents the construction of the monument. The members of the Commissioning Agency, the donors, the city officials and most of all - the Foot Soldiers - are not named herein for purposes of brevity. Without them, this monument would not exist. For more information, search for "St. Augustine Foot Soldiers Monument" on Wikipedia.

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"The River", Written by Virgil Thomson, 1937. American Recording Society Orchestra, Conducted by Dean Dixon, Owned by IODA. Please Click on "Buy Finale" to purchase music by Virgil Thompson and other great artists on eMusic.
"Pleifferhorn", Written by Karl Jorgenson, 2012. Band: OK Ikumi, Album: Alpine Sequences, Label: Hel Audio
"Nest", Written by Karl Jorgenson, 2012. Band: OK Ikumi, Album: Alpine Sequences, Label: Hel Audio
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George B. Bridgman, 1865-1943, was a Canadian-American who was schooled in France and taught at the Art Students League of New York. His primary interest was apparently teaching and writing. He was by all accounts, unusually good at it. His students included guys like Frank Reilly and Norman Rockwell. He wrote many books on art that became the standard in the US. It was a pleasure to discover that the guidelines and basic truths I learned from my father flowed from Bridgman and others who passed through the doors of and were deeply influenced by the Art Students League of New York.
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Artist: Jean-Leon Gerome, 1824 - 1904. "Pollice Verso". Oil on canvas. 1872.
Gerome studied under Delaroche, but do you see the difference? Jerome depicted a different facet of the world, showing how the sword was used before it was polished by faceless servants and returned to its sheath. This required more thoughtful compositions, and raised the bar for depicting dramatic anatomy. The world had always been a dangerous place. Artists were taking their gloves off in the painting of it.

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Artist: Jean-Leon Gerome, 1824 - 1904. Detail of "Pollice Verso". Oil on canvas. 1872.
(See the previous photo / description for Gerome)

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Artist: Jean-Leon Gerome, 1824 - 1904. "Heads of the Rebel Beys ...". Oil on canvas. 1866.
You see it, don't you ... the difference between Gerome (the student) and Delaroche (the teacher)? Jerome was part of a new "school" called Academicism. He was known for his realistic portrayal of our species. Lower than the angels but only partly rational. Grizzly. Brutal. Unforgiving. Jerome lived like a f**king rock star with extraordinary fame and access to the power elite within France. Like the others in his life and times, he had many enthusiastic students.

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Artist: Jean-Leon Gerome, 1824 - 1904. Detail of "Heads of the Rebel Beys ...". Oil on canvas. 1866.
(See the previous photo / description of Jean-Leon Gerome)

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Artist: Paul Delaroche, 1856-1787.
The central section of "Hemicycle". Oil on a wall. 1842
You're looking at central section of a mural that is 88 feet long. Painted directly on a wall.  The life-size figures represent 75 great artists from Greek antiquity to his own time. See the "detail" photo for a close-up of the central female figure.

Delaroche was known for his dramatic, dark, biblical and historical compositions. But I like this for the sheer badassery required to paint something this big. 
Delaroche made his career in Paris and like most of the other painters in my little series, had a lot of students.


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Artist: Paul Delaroche, 1856-1787.
A detail from the central section of "Hemicycle". Oil on a wall. 1842
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This figure and the other women are "muses" - the mythical source of creative ideas to whom the visual artist, writer and designer must return and consult. Those 3 men seated above her are not looking at her for she is not an entertainer. Their heads are bowed in quiet contemplation. They represent the designers of the Parthenon.

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