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When you first come into the Memorial Art Gallery in Rochester, NY you find the exhibit “Seeing America”.  Here at the entrance is the amazing marble statue of a larger than life woman entitled “The West Wind” by Thomas Ridgeway Gould.   Gould was a famous America sculptor who was born in Boston in 1818 and was a simple merchant and then decided to move to Italy and become a sculptor where he lived until 1881.  He made at least 7 “The West Wind” sculptures in marble and this was the last.  It has 32 stars around the waist of the American commissioned piece and was completed in 1876 for the Centennial exhibition in Philadelphia.  It represents the Westward drive America had at the time.  I am amazed at the detail of the realistic windblown cloth this piece has and how it is intact after all this time.  For a lot more information on this piece see the MAG’s page here: The West Wind.  (a PDF page)

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ISO 2500, F/5.6, 1/90 sec, 32 mm Lens

ISO 2500, F/5.6, 1/90 sec, 32 mm Lens

 

 

 

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