The California Military Museum
Preserving California's Military Heritage
Camp San Luis Obispo
Sculptures
California National Guard for County and Humanity
 
From the February 1939 issue of the California Guardsman:
 
This four-figured statue, rising twelve feet from the base to the tip of the flag, is the exhibit prepared to present the California National Guard at the (1939) California World's Fair on Treasure Island in San Francisco Bay.
 
The statue is the product of the artistry of Haig Patigian, famous San Francisco sculptor. Among his well known works are statues of Gen. Pershing and Helen Wills. He has also done several other statues for the World's Fair. He is a past president of San Francisco Bohemian Club.
 
Seen in the cover picture are a Guardsman, left, and, at the right, an armored woman bearing sword and flag, representing 'Patriotism.'
 
Completing the statue and not seen in the cover cut are two other feminine figures: one, adult, in the rear, and the other, adolescent, to the fore. This portion of the statue has been termed 'Humanity' by the sculptor. Whereas the Junoesque figure of 'Patriotism' gazes bravely and fearlessly forward, head upraised, the adult of 'Humanity' looks tenderly and benignantly downward toward the bowed head of the sorrowful girl. One need not draw heavily on the imagination to see in this section of the statue a dispirited refugee afforded sympathetic sanctuary from calamity, war, or racial intolerance.

The fiqures of the completed statue will be seven feet in height. The base will be four feet high and three feet in diameter. The statue will be cast in water-proof light grey cement.

Composing the committee in charge of the exhibit were Lt. Cols. Curtis D. O'Sullivan, Hq., 40th Div.,of San Francisco and Benjamin C.Allin, CE, SS, of Stockton; Maj. Henry C. Newton, 16Oth lnf., of Los Angeles; and Capt. Ernest C. Russell, AGD, SS, of Sacramento. Major Ralph A. Tudor, Hq., 4Oth Div., of Oakland represented the Fair commission.

Major Tudor has assured the members of the committee that the exhibit will be prominently placed in the State Building at the fair.

Following the World's Fair thestatue will be removed to Camp Merriam (Camp San Luis Obispo) in accord with a suggestion offered by Maj. Gen. Walter P. Story, commanding general of the 40th Division.

The Italia Rock: Italian Prisoner of War Sculpture
 


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