Nov 10, 2011

Sentinel at North Bridge

Unless you live in the northeast,

The Revolutionary War can be kind of abstract.

Can you guess Daniel Chester French's
other most famous sculpture?
Even if you live in the northeast it can be abstract ...

Because it happened so long ago.

What struck me about this statue at Minute Man National Historical Park in Concord, Massachusetts wasn’t its size, or even the setting – although it’s worth noting that the Concord River flows in eye shot from it – but what he’s holding in each hand:

A muzzle in one and a plow in the other.

Excerpt from the Concord Hymn
By Ralph Waldo Emerson

None of the revolutionaries were full-time soldiers.

Thank you to all the soldiers out there who have given mind, body, blood and sweat to serve in the same spirit as the minute men – ready in a minute – over two centuries ago.

By the way, it’s Ralph Waldo Emerson who coined the phrase “the shot heard around the world,” but it turns out the sculptor of the minute man is famous, too.

He would later go on to sculpt the Lincoln Memorial in Washington D.C.

Can you see the plow (left) and muzzle (right?)
And that's the Concord River in back.

I guess everyone has to get their start somewhere ...

That goes for the country, too!

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