YORKTOWN, Va., May 20, 2016 – An iconic symbol of the United States of America – sculpted by nationally prominent artist David H. Turner – is newly mounted on the pediment crowning the main entrance of the Yorktown Victory Center, transitioning to American Revolution Museum at Yorktown in October.
Titled “Freedom’s Sentinel,” the 18-foot-wide, 500-pound sculpture depicts an eagle mantling two eaglets between its outspread wings. A stars-and-stripes shield on the eagle’s chest represents the 13 colonies at the time of the Revolution, and the two eaglets reflect the museum’s mission to educate future generations.
“Freedom’s Sentinel” is a distinctive feature of the 80,000-square-foot building – open to visitors since March 2015 – that is a centerpiece of the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown. Work is underway on construction of permanent exhibition galleries that will debut October 15 and 16, 2016, along with the new museum name.
The eagle sculpture was designed at Turner Sculpture on Virginia’s Eastern Shore and manufactured in stages, with a series of models and, finally, a full-size mold for producing the finished piece in architectural fiberglass. David Turner has more than 60 commissioned works on public display across the country, including “A Fair Wind” at Jamestown Settlement’s Quadricentennial Plaza, “Eagles & Eaglets” at Constitution Hall, “Black Bear and Cubs” at Philadelphia Zoo, and “Canada Geese” at Chicago Botanic Garden.
“Freedom’s Sentinel” was selected as the name for the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown eagle sculpture through a process involving Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation staff and board members.
For more information about the Yorktown Victory Center, which remains in operation throughout construction, and the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown, visit hif.ciniva.net.