Steven Weitzman, sculptor of Frederick Douglass

Steven Weitzman, sculptor of Frederick Douglass
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Steven Weitzman, sculptor of Frederick Douglass, adviser of President Lincoln.

Steven Weitzman. Statue of Frederick Douglass

Steven Weitzman. Statue of Frederick Douglass

Steven Weitzman is a multifaceted artist. Some months ago, Yareah magazine published about his interactive multimedia art installation called the “Great Map of Colorado” made up of 234 hand crafted tiles for the Great Hall of the 200,000-square-foot cutting-edge History Center in Denver, Colorado.

At that time, we announced Steven Weitzman had created a heroic size bronze statue of Frederick Douglass (adviser to President Abraham Lincoln). The statue was commissioned by the DC Arts & Humanities to be installed in the United States Capitol Statuary Hall. Furthermore, Steven Weitzman was joining ongoing efforts to grant statehood rights to the District of Columbia to ensure Douglass would be recognized in the Capitol.

Last Thursday, President Barack Obama signed a bill that will send Steven Weitzman’s statue of Frederick Douglas to the visitors center at Emancipation Hall. He said: “Frederick Douglass, once a slave, rose up to become one of our nation’s great reformers in his fight for equality and an advisor to President Lincoln. His life is a testament to the American spirit and an inspiration to so many. His statue at the Capitol, representing the District of Columbia, will add to the long legacy of dynamic African Americans who have displayed extraordinary leadership throughout history.”

The bronze sculpture represents Frederick Douglass as an orator, in the middle of giving a speech, and as a writer, with his paper in his hand and his pen at his side. Strong gesture and aptitude, great thinker looking at the future, a better future. Steven Weitzman uses a free technique that remind us of Auguste Rodin. Once, the old French artist honored the heroic “Burghers of Calais“, today Weitzman honors another important fighter of justice.

Congratulations Steven!

Steven Weitzman bio:

Steven Weitzman, Master of the multi-disciplinary approach to public art, is an award winning designer of urban spaces, nationally acclaimed artist and sculptor. Spanning a successful career of over forty years, Weitzman’s capabilities include large scale highway and bridge projects, heroic scale figurative bronze, glass, terrazzo, commissioned art works, urban and environmental designs. As both an entrepreneur and innovator, he is one of very few artists who have been able to combine his creative talents with impressive business aptitude and mechanical skills. Central to all of his endeavors, is a gift to incorporate aesthetics into each project he stamps with the Weitzman brand.


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