"Allegorical Art" is a term James Muir uses to describe his work, which is filled with symbology to help create a heightened social, political and spiritual awareness. "The allegorical symbolism in my sculptures bridges the centuries of history to make contemporary statements about the human condition, in order to exemplify the highest qualities of man. My work speaks of Duty, Honor, Courage, Liberty and Justice, but above all, it speaks of Truth and the ultimate triumph of the human spirit".
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James Muir has been nominated for the 2011 Governor's Arts Awards in Arizona
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They Served Well
The American Pieta
One Man, One War
Band of Brothers
Study for 1 1/2
|After Harrowing Journey, Statue Comes To Rest At Jefferson Hall
By Emily Tower-Pointer View News
A ghostly figure wrapped in cloths secured with packing tape offered a mystery to visitors of the newly opened Jefferson Hall.
A brow and nose could be detected through the blanket draped over the figure's head. Bronze legs and a pair of shoes were visible, too, from where the figure stood in front of the building.
The commotion about who was standing seemingly bound and gagged in front of the new library, officially open less than a week at the time, moved inside, where the mystery began to be solved.
A granite pedestal awaited in the library's rotunda. Perhaps those legs and shoes were meant to rest upon the pedestal.
Sure enough, a team of movers hoisted the massive, puzzling figure onto the pedestal and promptly removed the protective wraps.
A familiar face smiled to the crowd.
The group of cadets, staff members and other on-lookers was greeted by the third president of the United States.
The statue portrays in detail - from the writing on a document to the design of a pinky ring - how Thomas Jefferson likely looked March 16, 1802, when he signed the law that established the U.S. Military Academy.
The rotunda in which Jefferson's statue rests is a gift from the class of 1968. The class' fundraising goal of $2.5 million to build the rotunda was exceeded, so the class spent the extra money on the statue and some other aesthetic details and commemorative plaques to come, Dutch Hostler, class vice president and chairman of the class gift committee, said.
James Nathan Muir, former class of 1968, was commissioned to sculpt the statue. Researching and sculpting the statue took two years, Muir's wife, Linda, said. Muir enlisted the help of a Jefferson re-enactor from Colonial Williamsburg, Va., to model and offer historical perspective.
"Nothing is by accident," Linda Muir said about the statue's designs. "He has on the right kind of clothing. Everything down to how the shoes are tied is historically accurate."
The Muirs came from Arizona to supervise the statue's installation. And while they had a rather uneventful trip to West Point, their bronze guest did not.
The statue, which travelled separately by truck, was "tested by fire, just like the real Thomas Jefferson was tested by fire," Hostler said, referring to Jefferson's library burning down.
The truck carrying the statue caught on fire in Indiana, and Jefferson was singed. But, cleaning restored the statue to pre-fire condition.
Seeing the as-good-as-new statue installed in its resting place was a good feeling for the artist, who considers the statue his gift to his former class and the academy.
The academy "cemented in me a code of honor and a never-flinching quest for and adherence to the Truth, with a capital T, in all things," Muir said.
Having such a noted figure and honored philosopher keeping watch over the library's entrance adds to the building's academic experience, Brig. Gen. Patrick Finnegan, the academy's dean, said.
James Muir unveiling life-size bronze of Thomas Jefferson at West Point
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In keeping with his deep spiritual convictions and social consciousness, Muir's sculptural subjects have expanded to reflect the critical nature of the times in which we live. Yet, whether historical or contemporary, "the golden thread that ties it all together is still my never-ending quest for the essence of life- for Truth in its purest form."
James Muir awarded
The prestigious Olaf Weighorst Award at the Mountain Oyster Show in Tucson, Arizona, for the maquette of the Lifesize Baca Memorial to be installed May 24, 2008 at 11:00 a.m. in Reserve, New Mexico
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