Milpitas Minute Man

Submitted by D.A. Clark Sculpture

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Client: City of Milpitas

Location: Milpitas, CA, United States

Completion date: 2014

Artwork budget: $140,000

Project Team

Artist

David Clark

D.A. Clark Sculpture LLC

Public Art Agent

Renee Lorentzen

City of Milpitas

Industry Resource

Mike Baer

Baer Bronze

Overview

12′ tall version of the Concord Minute Man, to serve as a landmark for the Milpitas City Hall (the Minute Man is on their city seal). Previous artwork in this space was not to the scale of the building.

Goals

The town of Milpitas California was threatened with annexation by neighboring San Jose, and used the Daniel Chester French sculpture of a Minuteman to inspire resistance. Today, the Minute Man is the town symbol - appearing in the city seal. They wanted a sculpture that emulated French’s Minute Man, while making it their own.

Process

The city committee knew exactly what they wanted - they changed the traditional floppy farmer's hat, and agreed with me on giving him a new face (the original was copied from the Apollo Belvedere and really did not belong on a colonial)

Additional Information

Every historic aspect of the sculpture, his clothing and gear, were double checked for historic accuracy. I strive to make my historic works "textbooks in bronze."