General Nathanael Greene

Submitted by James Barnhill

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Client: Bryan Foundation/City of Greensboro

Location: Greensboro, NC, United States

Completion date: 2008

Artwork budget: $250,000

Project Team

Artist

James Barnhill

www.JamesBarnhill.com

Client

Ed Kitchen

Bryan Foundation

Overview

Bronze, 2008
11.5'x3'x3' (22' including pedestal)
Bryan Foundation/City of Greensboro
Greensboro, North Carolina

Goals

To produce an historically-accurate image of General Greene, the city's namesake.

Process

I initially photographed the space to achieve a constant scale for the site. Using photographs and overlays, I determined the scale of the pedestal and figure. I then consulted with John Durham, historian of Battleground National Park. He brought out the types of uniform, spurs, hat and sword that General Greene would have worn. This informed my drawings, the maquette, and ultimate sculpture. Jimmy Wiggins of North State Monument handled the granite pedestal and directed the installation.

Additional Information

The General Greene sculpture is a prominent figure in downtown Greensboro and has been described as iconic to the city. It is often featured in promotional materials and media connected to civic engagement and major broadcast events. See more via this link or on website: https://vimeo.com/250287094