The Irish Memorial Project History (1, 2)
This monumental bronze is designed as a dynamic arc filled with movement. Approximately 12 feet high, 30 feet long and 12 feet wide, the sculpture rests on a concrete plinth 2 feet high with the basic profile of a large wedge. The monument's flow depicts the famine in Ireland, the people embarking for America, and the immigrants stepping onto American shores. The east end, suggests a landscape, portraying the misery of the Irish Starvation. In contrast, the higher end, suggests a ship, facing west as anxious immigrants dock in America and a number of figures rush forward in hope and anticipation. For this sculpture in the round, all of the figures are in period dress but they are loosely modeled and impressionistic.
From more than 100 artists, Goodacre was chosen to sculpt the Irish Memorial not only because of her dynamic design but also because she best expressed the mission and objective of the memorial.
Goodacre's ability to capture emotion in sculptural form has been honed over several decades of an award-winning career.
For more than a decade, Goodacre has been a participant in the Art in Embassies program, exhibiting work worldwide.
An academician of the National Academy of Design since 1994 and a fellow of the National Sculpture Society since 1981, she has won many awards at their exhibitions in New York.
Much earlier in her career, Goodacre studied in New York at the Art Students League. More recently, she received honorary doctorates from Colorado College, her alma mater, and Texas Tech University in her hometown of Lubbock, Texas.
As part of an initiative in the Philadelphia school district, as well as in other school districts throughout the country, the Irish potato famine has been recently added to the history curriculum. Philadelphia's "IRISH MEMORIAL" gives a stirring visual presentation, coupled with substantial historical data, to complement the school curriculum.
The memorial is truly an educational experience.
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