Memorial Day – 2017

Angels on the Battlefield

The sculpture below speaks to my heart.  I’ve never even seen the finished piece but I don’t need to.  It already says everything just as it is.  This was a work in progress in 2014 and from what I understand it was being created for an art show.  I can’t imagine it didn’t win first prize.

If I was an artist, this is a piece I’d want to create…

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Description from the sculptor, Larry Binkowski

Angels on the Battlefield is a memorial sculpture created both as a tribute and a reminder of the sacrifices made by the nation’s fallen war heroes. The sculpture features a lone modern day warrior mortally wounded in battle. The figure of the soldier is symbolic of all the service branches of the military, both men and women. The soldier is faithfully watched over by an angelic figure, a somber look graces her face as she gazes down at her newly acquired charge. Her wings shelter him as her hands reach out as if to protect him from further harm. The heavenly guardian comforts and cares for the soldier as would all of those that will now be touched by his departure. The pictures are of the work in progress. The sculpture will be finished in cast stone. The following inscription will be engraved on the front. “When the brutality of war has ended and the cool chill of darkness steals your last remaining breath away, may you find the comfort and compassion of your loved ones in the warm embrace of angels”

(Larry Binkowski is a primarily a self taught sculptor from Auburn Hills, Michigan. He started his sculpture career as a figurative and portrait sculptor with commissions coming from both the public and private sector).

10 responses

  1. Doc,

    Well said. Thank you for always remembering.

    rob

    1. Hi Rob! Happy Friday. I always wished I could draw, sculpt or sing. Unfortunately I don’t have one, single drop of talent in those areas. I really appreciate those who do. That particular sculpture speaks volumes to me. It’s what I’d want to create, if I could.

      Hope you and your family are doing well. It’s summer around here (meaning school is out) and I love this time of year!

      1. You sculpt bodies. There is an art to that.

    1. That’s one of my favorite pieces! What a powerful way to commemorate the fallen. Thank you for sending it my way.

      I hope you’re enjoying these warmer days. I’ve been doing a lot of outside exercise which I love (as long as it doesn’t get too hot).

      Happy Friday to you!

      1. Back atcha, Doc!! It is already too hot these days. Phew! The older I get, the harder it is to take it. 24/7 in the A/C – my new motto!!
        Have a great weekend, Lynn!

  2. Wonderful … now if only the angels could protect us from politicians.

    1. I wish that too!

      Hope you’re having good days. It’s pretty here lately and I’ve been walking very early in the morning…right after sunrise. It’s a lovely time of day. Hardly anyone is out and the day feels so fresh and full of promise…

      Glad you stopped by!

  3. Robert (TopDawg10) | Reply

    Excellent article Lynn.

    1. Thank you. I love that sculpture. I often wish I was a more artistically creative person. Alas, I didn’t get any of that sort of talent.

      I hope you’re doing well and that your workouts have been positive and productive! Glad you stopped by!

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