MATERIAL: metal: bronze
DIMENSIONS: overall: 108 in x 148 in x 36 in
EDITION: Edition, 2/7
CREDIT: Grounds For Sculpture, Gift of The Seward Johnson Atelier
© 2019 The George and Helen Segal Foundation/Licensed by VAGA at Artists Rights Society (ARS), NY, photo: David W. Steele
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'Depression Breadline' was cast in bronze at the Johnson Atelier Technical Institute of Sculpture (now The Seward Johnson Atelier) in 1999. The five male figures lined up by the wall on the sculpture pad represent a scene from the Great Depression, a period of economic hardship during which many people needed government assistance to survive. The original sculpture was made in 1991 from plaster, wood, metal, and acrylic paint--it is from this original sculpture that a mold was made for casting. The sculpture in the park is the second in an intended edition of seven. The first edition of the sculpture is on view in Washington, D.C. at the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial--a tribute to the president who held office during this era in America's history and whose policies helped move the country out of an economic decline towards prosperity.