Last week, Boulder sculptor Susan Raymond was working hard to finish her mammoth project of 10 figures of U.S. soldiers serving in Afghanistan and one Afghan boy. She was working at Lands End Sculpture Center in Paonia, something she has done for many years.
This is the largest project she has worked on with Lands End. The work was commissioned by the 10th Mountain Division in Ft. Drum, N.Y. Raymond had done a monument for them 22 years ago. That was a gift from the 10th Mountain Division World War II Veterans when it was recommissioned as a 10th Mountain Base. The monument had two figures on a cliff face 17 feet tall.
Her current figures show the bond U.S. soldiers had with Afghan children.
The new project has two scenes — one with two soldiers on patrol with the boy, and the second is a memorial group for a fallen soldier. "The whole thing is dedicated to the fallen soldiers," Raymond said.
This project is a gift from the civilian workers at Ft. Drum to the Army base.
Raymond's project began in 2006 but was stalled when there was no funding for it. She was able to resume work last year.
The 10 figures were shipped out last Friday, Oct. 18.blog comments powered by Disqus