The Spirit of American Youth Rising from the Waves - Normandy American Cemetery - Colleville-sur-Mer, France
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Quick Description: The monumental sculpture "The Spirit of American Youth Rising from the Waves" is in the center of the Normandy Memorial at the Normandy American Cemetery in Colleville-sur-Mer, France.
Location: Normandie, France
Date Posted: 4/25/2013 10:35:59 AM
Waymark Code: WMGYX4
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member Outspoken1
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Long Description:

In 1951 Donald Harcourt De Lue received a commission to create seven works for a memorial to the fallen soldiers of D-Day located on Omaha Beach in Normandy, France, the most famous of which is his celebrated sculpture The Spirit of American Youth Rising From the Waves which is the centerpiece of the Normandy Memorial and the Normandy American Cemetery.

A 22' high nude bronze figure of an American youth is shown with arms outstretched and looking towards the sky. His legs and feet are curved back together as his curved body appears rising from the waves below. The statue was cast in Milan, Italy by the Battaglia Foundry. Encircling the pedestal of the statue on the floor in bronze letters is the inscription:


Name or use 'Unknown' if not known: The Spirit of American Youth Rising from the Waves

Figure Type: Human

Artist Name or use 'Unknown' if not known: Donald Harcourt De Lue

Date created or placed or use 'Unknown' if not known: 1951

Materials used: Bronze

Location: Normandy American Cemetery

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