A Sculptor Made Three Statues For The Marine Corps Museum And The Details Are Stunning
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A sculptor by the name of Kris Kuksi was hired by the Marine Corps Recruiting Command to sculpt the “fighting spirit of the Marine Corps” to be displayed at the National Museum of the Marine Corps in Virginia. The museum was first opened in 2006 and is there to honor all Marines who served. It attracts almost a half a million visitors annually.
On December 13th, 2017, the museum unveiled their newest addition to their exhibit. The video closeup of the sculpture you’ll see below is almost breathtaking as each individual part of it serves a purpose and tells a different story. It pays homage to every battle won by the Marine Corps since World War I.
“The mentality of a Marine is selflessness, camaraderie, brotherhood and kinship — all working together and fighting to the death for your fellow man…I wanted to capture the fighting spirit.”-Kris Kukis | Sculptor
Kukis said that it took him seven months to complete all the sculptures (we’ll post the other two as soon as pictures are available) and he used toy soldiers, models and 3D prints to finish it. The final product was painted in a patinaed bronze.
The director of the museum was quoted saying that it takes more than one time to truly appreciate and understand the sculpture. With all the details, you really need to take your time walking around it to get the full experience.