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Carole Martin ©2009
The Works, Lorado Taft's heroic-sized bronze work.....a tribune to the pioneers... captures the essence of bravery, determination, and faith of the men and women who "bridged the streams, subdued the soil and founded a state"
Taft created the sculpture as a gift to
honor the place of his birth.
On Sunday. May 27.1928. the 10' high statue weighing 3.500 pounds was unveiled before an enthusiastic throng of 10.000.
The statue serves as a reminder of the past and as an inspiration to the pioneering spirit in those who view it.
The artist Lorado Taft. '•who has done most for the development of sculpture in the West"... was born in Elmwood at 207 East Cypress. April 29, 1860 to Don Carlos Taft, Headmaster of Elmwood Academy, and Mary Lucy Foster Taft.
When Lorado was 11, his father joined
the faculty of the University of Illinois.
After years of study at the Ecole Des Beaux Arts in Paris, he opened a studio in Chicago.
Tart's works include the fountain of the Great Lakes and Fountain of Time in Chicago, Blackhawk of the Rock River near Oregon., Illinois and the Alma Mater and other at the University of Illinois in Urbana.
died at his Chicago home October 30.1936.
Transcribed by Carole Martin from the plaque (below) erected by the statue in the Elmwood. Illinois city park.
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