Canova Gysoteca in Possagno, Italy
The figure that leads that charge also went through many iterations with Edwin. That pose became the catalyst for me working towards figures with greater drama and movement. For this project I changed my studio practice and art making process. Instead of posing the model on the modelling stand and then observing, I began having the actor act out the call to arms in motion. And in their movements I would find the one pose that explained the whole story. Edwin had also spoken about a Gunnery Sergeant. A very famous marine call Dan Daly. One of the most famous quotations in Marine Corps history came during this initial step off for the battle when Dan Daly yelled to his men,”Come on, you son of a bitches, do you want to live forever!” Edwin asked me to give him a figure that represented this moment at the Battle of Bella Woods when the United States turned the war and achieved victory. Again I began to transfer my previous classical work into this historical humanistic art. I looked back at what I had done with the sculpture of Apollo, a figure that leads with light. And I thought this would be a perfect pairing of Mars and Apollo in the relief. Light leads aggression. It is a fight led by correct principles. The Apollo pose is similar to my original piece with his heart exposed in a vulnerable position leading his charge. His arms spread to their maximum reach in a display of courage. It is a moment of rising to the occasion. The pose speaks of human vulnerability and courage and represents how the United States rose to the occasion in the war that turned the tide.