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Rodins Project for a Monument to the Defense of Paris Picturesque Chapel Hill North Carolina home of the University of North Carolina Tarheels is an idyllic college town Less than a block from Franklin Street famous for its unique shops during the day and its many bars during the night the Ackland Art Museum holds some stunning works of art Unimpressive in stature yet fresh and modern the Ackland Art Museums red brick exterior belies the fact that the structure contains hundreds of priceless art pieces Included in the permanent collection of the museum is Auguste Rodins Project for a Monument to the Defense of Paris 1879 Auguste Rodin 1840 - 1917 created the sculpture also titled The Call to Arms as his entry in a competition for a memorial to the defense of Paris The sculpture memorializes the army of the Second Empire of Frances battle against and ultimate surrender to the invading German army in 1871 Although Rodin did not win the competition his genius was recognized and a larger copy was erected in Paris in honor of the French veterans who fought in World War I Rodins original sculpture stands in the Ackland My first impression of Project for a Monument to the Defense of Paris is that it is not a pretty or attractive sculpture which possibly attributed to the statues loss in the original competition The natural color of bronze a dark blue-gray with green discolorments only seen close-up is protected by shiny clear shellac The sculpture does not have clean rounded curves instead the two figures are covered with chisel marks one inch in diameter This roughness gives the sculpture a unique rough texture The light from above hits each shellacked chisel mark at a different angle Like the war the piece memorializes the sculpture is hard tough and cold The sculpture itself is of a winged female figure supporting a dying soldier
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