Churchill's Granddaughter Dedicates New Sculpture 

5/6/2011 
Churchill Memorial 

 
Winston Churchill SculptureEdwina Sandys, granddaughter of Sir Winston Churchill, will help dedicate a new sculpture of Sir Winston Churchill created by noted St. Louis sculptor Don Wiegand at a special unveiling ceremony, open to the public. 

Statue Unveiling Ceremony
Friday, May 13
11 a.m. at the National Churchill Museum
All are welcome to attend the unveiling
  
   
  
Sandys, an acclaimed artist herself, is responsible for “Breakthrough,” a sculpture on Latshaw Plaza at the Westminster campus that she made from eight sections of the Berlin Wall in memory of her grandfather.  The work is the longest contiguous section of the Berlin Wall found in North America.

“This new sculpture, which will be erected on the newly constructed Plaza in front of the National Churchill Museum, will create a much more dramatic entrance to attract visitors to our remarkable Museum,” says Dr. Rob Havers, Executive Director of the National Churchill Museum.  “The piece captures the decisive moment when Churchill vividly described the Iron Curtain that had fallen across the Continent and, in doing so, provided the metaphor that would encapsulate the Cold War for the next 40 years.”

The bas relief sculpture showcases the moment when Churchill delivered the famous “Iron Curtain” line at Westminster College in his landmark address with a metaphor which defined the Cold War for a generation.  The sculpture is the work of Don Wiegand, a St. Louis artist of national and international reputation who has won countless awards for his work. 

Born in St. Louis, Wiegand is responsible for numerous pieces in and around the St. Louis area, including the George “Buzz” Westfall Memorial in the St. Louis County Government Center’s Memorial Park in Clayton.  His work may be viewed at the Anheuser-Busch Visitors Center, Cathedral Basilica, Cervantes Convention Center, Jefferson Memorial Museum, Missouri Botanical Garden, and Lambert International Airport.

Outside of St. Louis, his work is on display at public institutions such as the John F. Kennedy Library, Mark Twain Home and Museum, Ellis Island, NASA Space Center, U.S. Senate Building, Texas Stadium, The Vatican and the White House.  His stainless bas reliefs of “Charles A. Lindbergh” and the “Spirit of St. Louis” became the first bas relief sculptures in space.

The Churchill statue has been donated by Richard J. Mahoney of St. Louis, who is a Churchill Fellow and a member of the Board of Governors.  He is a longtime supporter of the Churchill Museum and a lifelong admirer of Winston Churchill.  He was instrumental in the creation of the “Winston S. Churchill: A Life in Leadership Gallery” at the National Churchill Museum.

The public dedication and unveiling ceremony will take place there on the Plaza.  In the case of inclement weather, the ceremony will be moved inside The Church of St. Mary the Virgin, Aldermanbury.  Featured speakers on the program include Sandys, Wiegand, Mahoney, Havers and Dr. George B. Forsythe, President of Westminster.  Bruce Brookby, Chair of the Westminster Board of Trustees, will join them on the platform.