What is the largest bronze statue in the United States and where is it?
#42975. Asked by supermary345. (Jan 03 04 9:54 AM)
Felix De Weldon's 100-tonne Iwo Jima Monument, located near Arlington National Cemetery in Rosslyn, Virginia. The memorial is dedicated to all personnel of the U.S. Marine Corps who have died in the defense of the United States since 1775.|
The front entrance features a 100,000 pound bronze lion statue, located at the corner of "The Strip." |
The 45-foot tall lion, perched atop a 25-foot pedestal, is the largest bronze statue in the United States.
The lion is framed by light emitted diode (LED) screens, water fountains, Atlas-themed statues and lush landscaping.
The lion statue completed in April 1998 is a feature of the company’s $570 million master plan
The 115-acre site is centrally located on Las Vegas Boulevard along the famous Las Vegas Strip at the corner of Tropicana Avenue. MGM Grand is located across from New York-New York Hotel and Casino, a sister property.
MGM Grand has four 30-story towers soaring 280 feet with 5,005 rooms ranging from 675 to 6,040 square feet.
The world's largest bronze monument, "The TRAIL DRIVE", (over 450 feet long) standing at the Dallas Convention Center, has more than 40 larger-than-life longhorn steers, horses and cowboys in a Texas cattle drive.
Juan de Onate (The Equestrian), El Paso, Texas. Sits in front of the El Paso airport. Onate is rumored to have decided to have the first Thanksgiving (forget the Pilgrims, they would copy this concept a number of years later) under his Spanish conquistatorial management near El Paso. Also reported, but wrongly so, to have cut off the feet of Indians who tried to run away from his settlements. That did not occur, but the idea made the reluctant native Indian citizenry give "vaya con dios" a second thought.|
Here's a garish page making a claim for the Praying Hands sculpture at Oral Roberts University:|
"60 feet tall and weighing 30 tons, the Praying Hands Monument was cast in Juarex, [sic] Mexico in 1980 as the largest bronze sculpture in the world."
Wikipedia says, "A 60 ft (18.2 m), 30 ton sculpture called Praying Hands (reportedly the largest bronze structure in the United States) which had originally stood in front of the complex was moved to the nearby campus entrance."
I happened to run across this yesterday after seeing a news story alleging corruption at ORU and thought it would make a good question here.
The Iwo Jima Monument is atop a granite pedestal. By itself I don't think the bronze alone would weigh 100 tons.
Sequoianoir's links didn't work for me.
Wiki says of the Onate statue, "Finally, the City of El Paso held a grand ceremony to unveil a 18 ton and 34 foot tall statue on April 21, 2007."
Bottom line: that ORU sculpture, based of course on a sketch of Albrecht Durer's, could be the largest bronze statue in the United States.
Here's a new link for MGM Grand's lion:|
MGM Grand is centrally located on a 115 acre site at the northeast Corner of Las Vegas Blvd. South and Tropicana Ave. The MGM Grand is located across from New York-New York Hotel and Casino. General - MGM Grand features 5,034 guest rooms and suites. The front entrance features a 100,000 pound, 45 foot tall, bronze lion statue making it the largest bronze statue in the United States.
And a new reference for The Trail Drive:
The Trail Drive
West of Dallas City Hall.
By Robert Summers of Glenrose, Texas.
The world's largest bronze monument, 450 feet long. Forty Texas Longhorn steers with six foot horn spans being driven by three cowboys on horseback.