For the past few months I’ve been working on a 31” tall clay model of Theodore Roosevelt in the Dakota Territory. I don’t get many opportunities to sculpt maquettes for larger projects mainly because of the tight deadlines I deal with. With no given timeline on the full size version there was time to create a detailed maquette.
The maquette was designed from an old photo of Teddy from the early 1880s. Around the time he first visited the Dakota Territory to experience the American West. The time he spent in what is now North Dakota cultivated a young Teddy into the man we know of as our 26th President. For more information about Teddy in the American West, click here.
Although the primary inspiration for the clay work was the photo of Teddy, there were some things that I changed. It was important to incorporate the feel of the future Presidents’ larger than life personality and confidence. Putting his foot on a rock, growing his mustache and squinting his eyes were a few of the minor changes that I made from the original photo.
The project, if it happens, will be my first monument to a President. To say that I am excited at the prospects would be an accurate statement. More details at a later date, stay tuned.