Grand Army Plaza: Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Arch Restoration – Brooklyn NY

Description

This dramatic arch in Brooklyn’s Grand Army Plaza was created by architect John Hemingway Duncan in 1889-1892. The statuary on the arch was added over the next several years, by several different artists including William Rudolf O’Donovan (men), Thomas Eakins (horses) and Frederick MacMonnies (Army and Navy sculptures and the allegorical crowning sculpture).

In the 1930s, the sculpture was restored with federal funding under Karl Gruppe, “chief sculptor of the Monument Restoration Project of the New York City Parks Department, from 1934 to 1937.” The program was initially supported by federal funding from the Public Works of Art Project (Lowrey, 2008), and later by the WPA.

Source notes

NYC Parks - Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Arch
Wikipedia
Parks Monuments Conservation Crew Vintage Film, NYC Parks Site
Lowrey, Carol. 2008. A Legacy of Art: Paintings and Sculptures by Artist Life Members of the National Arts Club.
NYC Parks - Cooper Triangle

Project originally submitted by Frank da Cruz on March 12, 2016.

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Location Info


Grand Army Plaza
Brooklyn, NY

Coordinates: 40.67304541, -73.9699099

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