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The New Presidential American Patriot Bronze Sculpture by Lorenzo Ghiglieri

Currency:USD Category:Art / Medium - Sculptures Start Price:0.00 USD Estimated At:39,000.00 - 55,000.00 USD
The New Presidential American Patriot Bronze Sculpture by Lorenzo Ghiglieri

Initially commissioned in 2006, the bronze sculpture, The American Patriot, depicts a 46" tall American bald eagle landing on Article One of the U.S. Constitution with the olive branch containing 13 olives and 13 leaves on one side and 13 arrows clutched in its talons on the other. World-renowned artist, Lorenzo E. Ghiglieri, created the sculpture after being commissioned by Mark Russo, Founder and Chairman of Foundry Michelangelo. "When I originally had the idea for the piece, I was looking at the back of a one-dollar bill and noticed the image, which is also the Great Seal of the United States of America. The image is the American eagle with the olive branch on one side and 13 arrows on the other. A great symbol, I thought; my first question was, how do you sculpt that? The piece is free floating and not attached to anything. Then, it came to me. Let's set the piece on top of the U.S. Constitution. When I approached Lorenzo, he loved the design and concept, and we began work on the piece. His only stipulation was that I was the one who had to create the base and constitution the eagle was landing on," says Mark Russo. "I will make the best eagle I have ever made, but I'm not going to carve out the base and a thousand words, that's going to be an impossible task," says Lorenzo.
The constitution did prove to be the biggest challenge with the piece. "This put me to the task as I am a great designer but not a sculptor. How do you place a 100-pound bronze eagle on top of a government document that is pleasing to the eye and that can be cast in the lost wax casting process to the level of a premier world-class sculpture? This was the problem I had to solve, as Lorenzo was currently sculpting an amazing eagle and the best he has ever done. I used polystyrene foam as my base and cut it with a band saw measuring 18" wide by 28" long and 1/4" in depth. This pliable sheet of foam was my base. I inserted sculpting armature into all the edges so that it would hold its shape into the final design. The next step was the text. I hired an engraving company to digitally etch the font and script from Article One of the U.S. Constitution into a copper plate. After five different attempts, perfection was discovered as we lasered the text onto a 1/16-inch magnesium plate. This allowed me to bend the text and plate into the clay and foam base that I created making the perfect base for the piece. Most importantly the plate was readable, and we were able to pull a great master mold impression from the original creation," says Mark Russo.
A solid gold version of the sculpture sets in the grand room in Mar-a-Lago, President Trump’s winter home in West Palm Beach, FL. Our bronze tonight has been personally signed by President Trump.
Donated by: Camp Freedom
Fair Market Value: $39,976