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Taps Monument Statue
Mounting nuts welded under sculpture for permanent installation

Taps Monument Statue

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The song “Taps” was written by Civil War General Daniel Butterfield and his bugler Oliver Wilcox Norton. Today this eloquent yet haunting melody is played at every military funeral and as a call to “lights out” on every military base around the world.

In this sculpture the artist captures historic symbolism of this song and uses it to pay tributes to over 100 years of sacrifice by the men and women of the armed services that have given their lives for our nation.

Picture of General Daniel ButterfieldPicture of Oliver Wilcox Norton

General Daniel Butterfield

Oliver Wilcox Norton


This monument sculpture rests on a triangular base representing the folded American flag and symbolizing the support of the American people. Three rifles form a pyramid with the barrels down symbolizing the fallen. Extending from the right corner of the base is a 1903 Springfield rifle that was used during WWI. In the left corner is an M-1 Garand rifle from WWI and in the back corner is an M-16 rifle representing the modern era. The stocks of the guns come together in the middle forming a pyramid. Atop the pyramid is a “steel pot” combat helmet that was used from WWI until the Vietnam War. Under the pyramid is a Civil War era bugle, which serves to bring the entire composition together.

To cast this sculpture we used actual military items as models, so the entire sculpture is life-size. It 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.

Measurements: The sculpture measures
44” tall and the base is 32” across the front and 23” on each side.

We also carry beautiful cast bronze plaques in any size for your monument or memorial. Click here to see some example plaques

A lot of time and money goes into the creation of a bronze sculpture like this. However, we created this sculpture because we wanted to make a contribution to our fallen soldiers. We want this piece to be displayed in every VFW, American Legion, park and public square in the country. Therefore, we are pricing this very reasonably and offer discounts for families of fallen soldiers.

A monument sculpture of this kind would normally sell for $10,000 - $15,000. However, our price for this sculpture is only $6000. That includes free shipping anywhere in the lower 48 United States.
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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.

To order
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 2-4 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 purchases.

There are many options to display this sculpture. This sculpture is cast from high quality bronze and with minimal care it is built to last for hundreds of years indoors or out.

Indoors it could be placed on the floor as it is, or elevated on a table or pedestal. We also offer bronze plaques. Call or email us for additional information.

Outdoors it could be displayed in a number of ways. An inexpensive yet elegant display would be to build a concrete pedestal slightly larger than the base and about 3 feet tall. It could then be mounted onto the pedestal using simple lag bolts that attach under the sculpture and out of view. Again we can make a handsome bronze plaque with the wording of your choice. It could also be used as a part of a larger display or as a grave marker. We can provide you with very clear installation instructions upon purchase or click here for installation instructions.

God Bless Our Troops!




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