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From Lawrence with honor

Artist’s creation pays tribute to medics from World War II

Alan Austin applies a patina to the bronze sculpture "Medic" at Ad Astra Art Bronze Friday, Oct 3, 2008. The sculpture, depicting a soldier flanked by a medic, is the most recent in a series of bronze sculptures by local artist Jim Brothers that will be placed at the National D-Day Memorial in Bedford, VA. The sculpture will be on display Sunday Oct. 12 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Lawrence Visitors Center before making its way to the D-Day memorial for a Veterans Day unveiling ceremony Nov. 11.

Alan Austin applies a patina to the bronze sculpture "Medic" at Ad Astra Art Bronze Friday, Oct 3, 2008. The sculpture, depicting a soldier flanked by a medic, is the most recent in a series of bronze sculptures by local artist Jim Brothers that will be placed at the National D-Day Memorial in Bedford, VA. The sculpture will be on display Sunday Oct. 12 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Lawrence Visitors Center before making its way to the D-Day memorial for a Veterans Day unveiling ceremony Nov. 11.

October 10, 2008

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Lawrence artist honors World War II heroes with sculpture

A Lawrence artist is getting some national attention for his latest work. The artwork honors the often overlooked story of some of the biggest heroes of World War II. Enlarge video

Alan Austin applies a patina to the bronze sculpture "Medic" at Ad Astra Art Bronze. The sculpture, depicting a soldier flanked by a medic, is the most recent in a series of bronze sculptures by local artist Jim Brothers. It will be placed at the National D-Day Memorial in Bedford, Va. The sculpture will be on display from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday at the Union Pacific Depot in Lawrence before making its way to the D-Day Memorial for a Veterans Day unveiling ceremony Nov. 11.

Alan Austin applies a patina to the bronze sculpture "Medic" at Ad Astra Art Bronze. The sculpture, depicting a soldier flanked by a medic, is the most recent in a series of bronze sculptures by local artist Jim Brothers. It will be placed at the National D-Day Memorial in Bedford, Va. The sculpture will be on display from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday at the Union Pacific Depot in Lawrence before making its way to the D-Day Memorial for a Veterans Day unveiling ceremony Nov. 11.

A Lawrence artist is getting more national attention for his latest work.

Sculptor Jim Brothers' newest sculpture soon will join his other pieces at the National D-Day Memorial in Bedford, Va. But before "The Medic" is shipped to Virginia for installation, Lawrence residents will have an opportunity to see it, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, at the Union Pacific Depot.

"The Medic" depicts a World War II soldier and medic rushing to save the lives of soldiers.

"He's charging around with the idea that he's heard somebody call for him," Brothers said.

Brothers said he was inspired by the stories that veterans told him about D-Day, the June 6, 1944, invasion of Normandy.

"This is my chance to pay tribute to the medics," he said.

The Army men were cast of silicone bronze at Ad Astra Art Bronze Inc., a foundry just outside Lawrence. The piece is hollow but weighs approximately 1,400 pounds. Bronze figures typically are a brownish color, but these are green because of a chemical coating called patina.

"In this case we used the green because they're outdoors, they're near water, and they're going to in time turn green anyway," Brothers said. "We just kind of want to make it even so that it'll gradually turn on its own, but it won't be too splotchy or too uneven."

He spent about a year working on the project, relying on soldiers' stories, photos, uniforms and authentic weapons.

On Monday, Brothers will begin his drive to Virginia, taking "The Medic" and two portrait busts. They will be installed with many of Brothers' other works, depicting D-Day, as well as "The Supreme Commander," a larger-than-life figure of Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower.

Brothers has been asked whether he believes his art glorifies war. He said the series celebrates peace and remembers the bravery of soldiers.

"These people died and served for us, and we do owe them," Brothers said.

Comments

cthulhu_4_president 5 years, 6 months ago

If you are referring to the picture, the caption says it's of a soldier flanked by a medic. I believe you can see the second person's legs behind the soldier.

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redfred 5 years, 6 months ago

I guess I didn't realize that medics in WWII were armed. Can somone help me out with that?

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Danimal 5 years, 6 months ago

It's really cool that we have a local artist that is doing so much to memorialize what Americans have done for this country.

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