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Fallen Soldier Battle Cross By Richard Rist
Measures: 21"H x 9" W x 11" L
When a serviceman or woman
is lost in the battlefield, it has become customary to arrange their
Boots, Rifle and Helmet and the surviving members of their squad will
gather around and memorialize their fallen comrades. Some of the troops
will pray, others might recall funny stories, but make no mistake, this is
a ceremony that is taken very seriously. Every soldier knows the next
ceremony might be for them. This arrangement is also known as a
Battlefield Cross or a Battle Cross.
We decided that our war memorial statue would recreate the same ceremonial arrangement the
soldiers do themselves in the battlefield. We wanted a monument that would
make you stop and think for a minute about the real cost of war. We feel
this is a fitting and dignified tribute to our troops and a memorial that
will keep their memory alive in a permanent way.
To cast this sculpture we
used actual military items as models, so the entire sculpture is
so life-like you feel like you could pick it up. It is
cast in high-quality American bronze using the ancient "lost-wax" method
of bronze casting. The patina (coloration) is a traditional chocolate
brown. This is a classic quality statue and built to last for hundreds of
years. I have seen cheap knock-offs from Thailand that are paper thin and
made from very low-grade bronze, so beware. We are currently pursuing
About the Artist
This sculpture was
designed by Richard Rist.
Mr. Rist is the owner of The
Large Art Company and a
proud veteran of the US
Navy. He is a member of the
American Legion and a
life-member of the VFW. He
comes from a long line of
military veterans. His
grandfather, father and
three uncles were all
veterans and his brother
James Rist served with the
US Army in operation Desert
Storm. He takes great pride
that this sculpture has been
used to pay tribute to so
many fallen heroes.
Please call us toll free
at (800) 785-4278 to reserve
one of these for you. These
are made one at a time. A
new piece will take about
4-6 weeks although we
generally keep at least one
available. We can ship to
most areas of the country
within a week.
We accept most forms of
payment including credit cards, checks or government purchase orders. We
are a certified US Government contractor to streamline federal agency
God Bless Our Troops!
here for the USA Today Article about this sculpture.
in life-size and 2 times life size.
Call for more information
2-Times Life-size $22,245
1/2 Life-size $1,350
About our Children Sculptures:
Our children sculptures, like all of our
sculptures, are some of the highest quality available. These are not mass
produced or arrive in a shipping container from some unknown source in Asia.
We are a bronze sculpture company and that is all we do. We make military
and veteran monuments and memorials all over the United States and they are cast
by the very same craftsman who make your sculpture. Quality is very
important to us. Similar sculptures
are made all over the world because the copyrights have expired and the molds
are readily available on the commercial market. However, that is where the
similarities end. For more information about what makes our bronze sculptures
and statues different, we invite you to read the article
or the article explaining
you should buy from The Large Art Company
- The standard way we cast our children
sculptures is with what we refer to as multi-color patina. However,
many people prefer all classic statuary brown for a more
traditional look. The multi-color finish the skin is a golden brown
and the clothing is a mixture of Verdi green, burgundy, hunter green, and
light and dark brown. Both are very nice and weather the same.
Color selection is more a matter of preference.
For more information about colors
Mounting Nuts - Mounting nuts can be welded under the sculpture for a secure permanent
installation. You may not need then in a residential setting, but they
are highly recommended for public art installations. There is an
additional fee of $50 to have mounting nuts welded into the sculpture
For more information on installation click here.
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Other modifications -
Since we work directly with the foundries that cast our sculptures, we can mix
and match children or reposition if necessary.
Availability - Unlike our competitors,
we do NOT mass produce our bronze sculptures, or haul them to the US in shipping
containers from unknown places in Asia. However, we do keep some of our
more popular sculptures cast and in stock. When you are ready to order, please
call about availability. If we have one made we can ship it to you in 5-10
days, depending on your location. If we need to make one from
scratch please allow 4 - 6 weeks for delivery. We will review all of
these details before you finalize your order.
Plaques - Depending on the situation, you may be interested a
bronze plaque to go with your sculpture. They can be a nice addition for
public art displays to indicate the significance of the sculpture to you or your
organization. Sometimes our sculptures are displayed in memory of someone
lost or in honor of someone special. Other times they are displayed by
civic groups and plaques can be used to recognize their effort or contribution.
No matter the reason, a bronze plaque can be a tasteful finishing touch on your
sculpture display. Our bronze plaques are cast of high quality bronze and
have been used on some of the most important monument displays around the
United States and will last for centuries.
Some of our sculptures will
accommodate a plaque
attached directly to the sculpture or it can be displayed separately on a
stake-mount or post-mount. Each plaque is custom made with your choice of
size and wording. We can even integrate metal etched photographs into a
plaque. Just to give you an idea, most dedication plaques of this nature
cost between $300 - $500, plus the cost of special services such as metal photos
or stake-mounts. If you think a bronze plaque might be a nice addition to
your sculpture display you should give us a call and we can explain your options
and pricing. To see some examples of plaques we have made in the past
Bronze Plaques section on our website
Feel free to order online, but we really prefer that you call. It allows us to
at least put a voice with the order and answer any questions. Even if you
place your order online you will hear from us to confirm all of details of your
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Large Art Company
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Baltimore, MD 21214
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