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The E-Sylum: Volume 23, Number 35, August 30, 2020, Article 20

SCULPTURES BY U.S. COIN DESIGNERS

The previous article in this issue discussed a planned statue by artist Ian Rank-Broadley of Princess Diana in London. I worked in Central London for some months in 2007, and was delighted to discover the flat my company rented for me was within a short walk of Hyde Park and Kensington Palace. I'd love to get back someday and see the old neighborhood.

On the topic of sculpture by coin artists, I had some email correspondence this week with Garrett Ziss, who recently visited my old hometown of Pittsburgh and saw two great outdoor sculptures by U.S. coin designers.

Brenner Fountain Song to Nature St. Gaudens Christopher MAgee Memorial

At left is "Song to Nature", a fountain in front of the University of Pittsburgh's Frick Fine Arts building, which was the only three-dimensional work of Victor David Brenner, designer of the Lincoln Cent. On the right is the smaller Christopher Lyman Magee Memorial which was designed by Augustus Saint-Gaudens. It's within sight of the Brenner fountain, directly in front of the entrance to the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh (pictured in another article in this issue). Images courtesy Garrett Ziss. Thanks! -Editor

For more information on the Brenner Fountain, see:
Mary E. Schenley Memorial Fountain/Song To Nature (http://friendsofpantherhollowlake.blogspot.com/2015/06/mary-e-schenley-memorial-fountainsong.html)

Garrett adds:

"There are quite a few sculptures around the country with a connection to U.S. coin designers. During a trip to Washington D.C. in February 2013, I came across two large sculptures by James Earle Fraser flanking the entrance to the National Archives building. It will be interesting to see if E-Sylum readers provide information on sculptures that they have seen around the country!"

While numismatic literature often does include references to other works by coin designers, the topic would make a great book in itself. Tell us about such works you've seen or learned about. Two more Pittsburgh works I can add are plaques of Washington and Lincoln by Victor David Brenner hanging in the lobby of the City-County building downtown. -Editor

Brenner Lincoln plaque Pittsburgh Brenner Washington plaque Pittsburgh

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