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The Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Three Soldiers,
Washington, D.C.

In 1982 the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund commissioned Frederick Hart to create a respresentational sculpture for their monument. The historic work in bronze was dedicated by President Reagan in November, 1984.

Hart chose to burrow into realistic details for his larger truths. He wanted to recall, from boonie hat to bootlaces, exactly what it was like for American soldiers to be tenuously alive in a particular place at a particular time.

"I have from the start," stated Hart, "conceived the work of sculpture with three goals in mind: first, to preserve and enhance the elegant simplicity and austerity of the design by Maya Ying Lin; second, to create a work which interacts with the wall to form a unified totality; and finally to create a sculpture which is in itself a moving evocation of the experience and service of the Vietnam veteran."

Click to view editioned maquette of Three Soldiers
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