Client: City of Milpitas
Location: Milpitas, CA, United States
Completion date: 2014
Artwork budget: $140,000
D.A. Clark Sculpture LLC
Public Art Agent
City of Milpitas
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.
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.
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)
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."