A Memorial to a Memorializer…?

2 Dec

Model of Lincoln Memorial at ChesterwoodThe Lincoln Memorial is impressive, yes? Ever take the time to consider how the sculpture came to life? Neither had I.

Enter Chesterwood, the home and studio of the man who created Lincoln for the memorial. To be clear, he was “merely” the sculptor, not the conceiver.

Daniel Chester French practiced with nearly 100 plaster models before perfecting the final for the monument. And now his home is a monument to him, for the work he did on a monument. Can you say, “Who’s on first”?

I have to confess that this stop didn’t capture my imagination or fascination. Perhaps because a 15-minute-drive earlier I had been at the Norman Rockwell museum, an artist whom I adore.

But that’s the incredible thing about the Berkshires, amid this spectacular wilderness, so many talented people did and still do find inspiration. There’s man-made and G-d-made art at every bend.


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