Jungle Fighter - Butte, MT
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member T0SHEA
N 46° 00.866 W 112° 32.327
12T E 380879 N 5096801
Quick Description: Standing between the two main entrances to the Butte-Silver Bow Courthouse is this sculpture of a South-East Asian Theatre World War II soldier.
Location: Montana, United States
Date Posted: 8/22/2017 11:47:19 PM
Waymark Code: WMWEBT
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member lumbricus
Views: 2

Long Description:
Cast in concrete, this sculpture by John "Jack" Weaver is the original of a copy which stands in Butte's Stodden Park as part of a veterans' memorial, "The United Veteran's Memorial". The copy is listed in the catalogue of the Smithsonian Institution (IAS MT000041) as the "Butte High War Memorial". There, it is described as follows:

A young man stands dressed in battle gear worn by World War II soldiers in the jungles of New Guinea. His rifle butt rests against his proper left foot and he holds the other end in his proper right hand. His proper left hand holds a long knife. He wears a helmet and his proper left sleeve is torn.

While the copy, cast in bronze, is a glossy black, this, the original, is a light bronze colour. The following is from a bronze plaque mounted on the base of the sculpture.

Jungle Fighter

World War II was raging in 1943 when the Silver B's, the organization of former Butte High School football players, gave Montana native John B. "Jack" Weaver, who became an internationally recognized sculptor, his first commission: sculpt a soldier for a proposed veterans' memorial. This original made of concrete centered the memorial near Butte High for decades. A bronze replica cast in 1996 tops the United Veterans' Council memorial in Stodden Park. Plaque by Silver B's 2010.

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Name or use 'Unknown' if not known: Jungle Fighter

Figure Type: Human

Artist Name or use 'Unknown' if not known: John B. "Jack" Weaver

Date created or placed or use 'Unknown' if not known: 1943

Materials used: Concrete, possibly bronze covered

Location: Butte-Silver Bow Courthouse

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