Watching over the main entrance to the Social Security Administration Building in Roanoke, Virginia, is this bronze eagle titled "Majestic". Few animals hold as much symbolism or generate the excitement and emotion as the American Bald Eagle. Strength, courage, honor, majesty, and freedom are all characteristics that are represented in this magnificent sculpture.
Creating a sculpture symbolic of courage and strength was important as the piece was designed for the entrance of the newly constructed Social Security Administration Building in Roanoke, Virgina. Different colored patinas were applied to add depth and help the eagle come to life.
Every detail in "Majestic" was hand sculpted in clay, from the feathers to the rock formation on which the bird rests. The clay sculpture was then taken to a mold maker using a 2,000 year old lost wax process and then cast in bronze at a foundry, where the final patina color is also applied.
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