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Veterans Day in Oak Park - Peace Triumphant - Redd Griffin
November 11, 2010
Veterans Day 2,010
Oak Park, Illinois
Peace Triumphant, Scoville Park
Founding Director, The Ernest Hemingway Foundation
Oak Park sculptor Gilbert P. Riswold, modeled the figure of Columbia on his wife, Anna, and the three bronze figures, along with the plaques, were manufactured by American Art Bronze Foundry on the West Side, whose proprietor, Jules Berchem, was also an Oak Parker, and whose son, Alfred, is one of the names on the plaques.
Riswold described his work-in-progress for the fundraising pamphlet as follows:
"This model, designed with special consideration for its proposed location in Scoville Park, overlooking Lake Street, Oak Park, depicts a group consisting of four figures in bronze, three of which, personifying the forces of Land, Air and Sea, are grouped in front of a fourth figure, personifying Columbia in the act of sheathing her sword-the group, by its attitude, suggesting the task accomplished: Peace, the dawn of a new era.
"The bronze sets against a pilon of granite designed in classic lines to harmonize with the sculpture. Around the base of the monument, space is provided for the names of those enlisted from the villages of Oak Park and River Forest, in the service, while special provision is made for the names of those who gave their lives for the cause. The rear of the memorial will be enriched by a sculptured relief, commemorative of the triumphant home coming, while surmounting the whole will be carved the national emblem."