Angel of the Resurrection
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Walker Kirtland Hancock’s masterpiece, Angel of the Resurrection, has awed visitors to the main concourse of Philadelphia’s 30th Street Station since General Omar Bradley dedicated it on 10 August 1952. A veteran of World War II, Hancock was uniquely suited to crafting this 39-foot monument to the 1,307 Pennsylvania Railroad employees who gave their lives for their country. In addition to being an exceptionally gifted artist, Hancock served as one of the Monuments Men laboring to recover stolen art throughout Europe. Also known as the Pennsylvania Railroad World War II Memorial, Hancock’s towering bronze depicts Michael the Archangel lifting a fallen soldier from the flames of war. Hancock was awarded the National Medal of Arts in 1989 and the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1990.
In 2010, I began my almost accidental quest to extend the reach and influence of Walker Hancock’s masterpiece. My dear friend, Dr. William Edward Hildebrand III, had a birthday approaching. Buying him a gift was a challenge. Ed knew what he liked. And if he wanted something, he’d already bought it. He was a veteran from Pennsylvania and he loved Hancock’s famous monument. He had a picture of it hanging on his wall. That gave me an idea.
I assumed sometime in the intervening half-century since Hancock did his
original work that someone must have done a maquette. If someone had, I couldn’t find it. Hancock had bequeathed a one-third-scale plaster model to the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, but that was too large and not for sale. Thus began my sculpting career. A good friend—an accomplished sculptor—allowed me to work in his studio, taught me, and eventually cast my work in his foundry. As I worked, I also researched.
Because Hancock’s work is in the public domain, and because I was unable to locate a reproduction in a manageable size, I sculpted a 39-inch model of the original. My 1:12 scale reproduction honors Hancock with his name next to my own. I hope that everyone who sees my effort will look to him as the true artist.
Ed was nearly speechless when I presented him with his birthday present. It was exactly the reaction I had hoped for. I wept when he died in December 2017. Several weeks later, however, he buoyed my heart when I stumbled across one of his 2010 emails. “I am still overwhelmed at your generosity and talent,” he wrote. “It is the single, best material gift that I have ever received.”
Initially I cast just two copies of my work, one for Ed and one for me. After sharing with the United States Patents and Copyrights Office what I knew about the original work and my maquette, they granted me a copyright on my work. With that copyright, I have cast additional copies and now offer them for sale. Each copy bears Walker Hancock’s name, is mounted on a sturdy wooden base, and is accompanied by a letter of authenticity.
Copies are available for sale. Please contact if interested in purchasing.