"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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"The American Pieta" Monumental Bronze Sculpture
|"The American Pieta"
(1 1/2 Lifesize )
9 foot monument
James N. Muir
|Based on Michelangelo's Pieta' of Mary and the Christ, which symbolizes the sacrifice made for Human "Spiritual" Liberty; this sculpture stands as America's symbol honoring the sacrifices made for Human "Physical" Liberty.
In this sculpture by James N. Muir, Mary has become Lady Liberty with the classical warrior lying in her arms. His shield bears the crest of the United States of America; his helmet is that of Athena, Goddess of War. The Sword of Truth and Justice that has slain tyrants, is taken from his grasp by "Liberty" to be passed on to the next courageous warrior who will step forward to take his honored place in the phalanx of Freedom.
"Oh stranger, go tell the free that
This Memorial is dedicated to "All American Soldiers" who have died in the never-ending battle to make men free
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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