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Air Warrior Sculpture

Air Warrior Combat Memorial

United States Air Force B-52 Park

With a Bronze Sculpture of

 Brigadier General Robin Olds

 

To Begin Construction in 2017.

By The USAF Academy Graduating Class of 1971 

 

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       Attention in the Area:   The Air Warrior Combat Memorial has been approved. Constuction to begin in Summer of 2017. Fund raising has  begun through the USAFA Endowment. Please support this important project and donate now. 


 

 

 

Air Warrior Combat Memorial

USAF Academy

(Music Courtesy the Air Force Band "Stars and Stripes Forever" 3:42 Min)

"Air Warrior" Bronze Sculpture of Robin Olds

 

Photos of Sculpture Located Lower on This Page

 

Purpose of a Monument

 

  • A successful monument must do more than just take up space. It must be exciting and motivational so that donors will want to participate and visitors will want to make it a must see destination. Boring monuments don't get built or visited.

  • To be successful, a monument needs to address an Ideal, Principle, Noble Value, or Virtue in which we can all identify

  • Successful monuments, which honor specific events, such as the flag raising at Iwo Jima, are successful because the event illustrates those higher values and how we as a society and individuals rose to a great challenge.

  • The most powerful memorials in America which on the surface seem to honor an individual, are successful not because of the individual, but because the memorial honors a higher universal concept which that person embodies.  The Jefferson memorial honors the founding of our country, the Lincoln memorial remembers the American Civil war, the Martin Luther King memorial honors the American Civil Rights movement, and Mount Rushmore honors the power and majesty of America.

  • The selection of Robin Olds as a sculptural symbolic poroxy will significantly contribute to the credibility of the Air Warrior Combat Memorial, firmly establish the warrior context, and will more effectively allow the memorial to honor all warrior graduates of the USAF Academy . On his broad shoulders we all proudly stand.

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Sculpture Specifications:

Clay Sculpture in  Progress:

  • The warrior sculpture photos depict a 40 inch tall clay maquette which was sculpted during 2012.

  • Once the project has been funded, the maquette will be enlarged in clay to  6 ft 6 inches, re sculpted,  and cast in bronze at Bronze Services Foundry in Loveland Colorado. .

  • The sculpture was created with a live model, and by reference to numerous photographs of Robin Olds. Jim considers this a portrait sculpture and attempted to capture not only his face but body structure and body language. 

  • For accuracy in sculpting, a complete set of Vietnam era flight gear was obtained through ebay and worn by the model. 

  • Robin Olds' daughter Christina will provide critical family input and assistance in  refining the monumental portrait.   

Composition:

  • The pose is intentionally heroic and action oriented to exemplify resolve and willingness to ‘Kill or be Killed.”

  • Circa Vietnam 1968, Operation Bolo

  • Standing, twisted to his left in the act of buckling his chute leg strap, the last act before taking off. Ready to engage. Implied motion and energy.

  • Facial expression will be determined with concentration. This will improve in the monumental figure. 

  • Mustache is a critical artistic and historical element designed to connect the sculpture and memorial to the “Old Timers” the swashbuckling airmen of WW1 and WW2, of which he was one.

  • Hands are in a gesture as if drawing a sword which adds to the warrior theme. 

 

 

Our Artist:

  • Our sculptor is classmate Jim Nance USAFA '71 who has been a portrait artist for over 35 years

  • More information on Jim's credentials can be found at www.jamesnancesculpture.com                   

 

 

A Complete design presentation of the Air Warrior Combat Memorial is located at this menu selection "Memorial Design"

 

A  Pledge of support may be made at this Menu selection "Pledge / Contact"

 

 


 

In Memory of Robin Olds 1922 -2007

Warrior, Triple Ace, Leader, Friend, and Patriot

 

If you would like to learn more about Brigadier General Robin Olds and view photographs and other links, or share your story

Click this link to the " Robin Olds Page"

 

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Contact:


"USAFA Class of 1971 AWCM"

c/o

USAFA Endowment

3116 Academy Drive

USAF Academy, Co 80840-4475

719-472-0300

 

 

First published to Web on 7 November 2012

Copyright USAFA class of 1971

 

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