The National Civic Art Society is delighted to report that the winning design in the competition for the National World War I Memorial is a victory for classical commemorative art!
The dominant feature of the design consists in traditional figurative sculptures by the talented New York-based artist Sabin Howard. The memorial plan, co-designed by architect Joseph Weishaar, contains large-scale bronze bas reliefs as well as a central sculpture of three soldiers firing a cannon. The memorial will be located in Pershing Park on Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington, D.C.
This victory comes after NCAS promoted classical entries in an article forForbes as well as at a panel discussion we hosted at the Army and Navy Club in D.C. Among the speakers at that event was the vice chairman of the World War I Centennial Commission, the body overseeing the creation of the memorial. He was a non-voting member of the competition jury.
NCAS can take special pride in this win for classical art: As the Huffington Post reported, Sabin Howard entered the competition at NCAS’s encouragement.
Sabin Howard sculptures are classical figures that feel thoroughly modern while recalling the mastery of the Renaissance and ancient Greece.