American Bronze Sculptor
Goodacre Public Art (1, 2,
Glenna Goodacre is considered by many to be America's sculptor...
Sacagawea Golden Dollar Coin Released by the US Mint in January 2001
touching portrayal of Sacagawea was selected above 121 submissions
by 23 other sculptors.
Millennium Golden Dollar Coin produced by the US Mint, Washington, DC, USA
One of Goodacre's many contributions to America is her rendering of Sacagawea
on the obverse side of the millennium golden dollar coin released into circulation by the US Mint in 2001.
Goodacre's Dollar Coin Design
Bronze Edition of 200
Edition is Sold Out
Glenna Goodacre and Randy L' Teton, the Shoshone-Bannock college student who was the model for the face and figure of Sacagawea. Photo by Doug Merriam
"VIETNAM WOMEN'S MEMORIAL" in Washington, DC, USA
On Veteran's Day,
November 11, 1993, Glenna Goodacre's sculpture touched the lives of millions with the unveiling of the Vietnam Women's
Memorial at The Vietnam Wall on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. .
sculpture, in both its design and breadth, honors and pays tribute
to the eleven thousand American women who served in the military during
the Vietnam War. The available bronze maquette can be seen at Galleria Silecchia.
Glenna sculpting the VN Women's Memorial in her Santa Fe Studio
Dedication Ceremony, November 13, 1993
Photo by Patrick Hughes
Glenna Goodacre's hand signing the clay of Vietnam Women's Memorial before casting
VIETNAM WOMEN'S MEMORIAL MAQUETTE 5/100
Bronze Edition of 100
Revolving wood base
25h x 27w x 17d inches
MEMORIAL SKETCH 54/100
Bronze Edition of 100
9 x 9 x 6 inches
At the Dedication Ceremony Glenna said:
"My desire to create a lasting tribute to the American
woman serving in Vietnam is founded upon my deep respect for each
of them, and my heartfelt prayer for their 'healing and hope'. I
have been humbled by the enormity of such a task yet incredibly
honored by the overwhelming gratitude of the veterans. The emphasis
of this tribute is centered on their emotions: their compassion,
their anxiety, their fatigue, and above all, their dedication.
My first concern in designing this sculpture was
to arrange the four figures in a composition that is interesting
from all angles: a true sculpture in the round. The photos from
Vietnam often included stacks of sandbags. It seemed natural for
a nurse 'in a moment of crisis' to be supported by sandbags as she
serves as the life support for a wounded soldier lying across her
lap. The standing woman looks up, in search of a med-i-vac helicopter
or, perhaps, in search of help from God.
The kneeling figure has been called 'the heart and soul' of
the piece because so many vets see themselves in her. She stares
at an empty helmet, her posture reflecting her despair, frustrations,
and all the horrors of war. The soldier's face is half-covered by
a bandage, creating an anonymous figure with which veterans can
identify. Even though he is wounded, he will live. I want this to
be a monument for the living.
That my hands can shape the clay which might touch the hearts and heal the wounds of those who served fills me with humility and deep satisfaction. I can only hope that future generations who view the sculpture will stand in tribute to these women who served during the Vietnam era."
|For information on the contributions made by American women and the Vietnam Women's Memorial VietnamWomensMemorial.org
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