Omar Bradley and Sir Arthur Tedder, by Jim Brothers
The National D-Day Memorial, who’s been a client since 1998, has commissioned Jim Brothers through meÂ to execute bronze busts ofÂ Eisenhower’s alliedÂ staff.Â These include Bradley, Tedder, Ramsay, Bedell Smith, Leigh-Mallory and Montgomery (pain-in-the-neck thoughÂ he surelyÂ was).Â
The bustsÂ as they’re completedÂ are beingÂ arrayed inÂ this memorial garden, around a monument of Eisenhower, also by Jim.Â The first casting of the Eisenhower is in the Capitol Building in DC.Â Is all this a great honor?Â Enormously.Â Only Eisenhower could have brought all these diverse personalities together, both British and American, then elicitedÂ great performancesÂ from each, often taking back seat to their raging egos.Â That is no mean trick.Â Remember, he was also the one who warned us against the dangers of theÂ Military Industrial Complex, and how it would lead to corporate wars.Â Hmm.
If you’ll look at these busts, and the other pieces on Jim’s page, you’ll see the figurative power thatÂ this man commands.Â When I opened my gallery in 1991, no one would take him or me seriously because we were from Kansas.Â Seems rather amusing now.
Is this work strikingly different from the contemporary work we do?Â You bet.Â Is just as valid?Â You bet.Â