Wars of America
|Location||Military Park, 614-706 Broad Street, Newark, New Jersey|
|Area||less than one acre|
|MPS||Public Sculpture in Newark MPS|
|NRHP Reference #||94001257|
|Added to NRHP||October 28, 1994|
|Designated NJRHP||September 13, 1994|
Wars of America is a "colossal" bronze sculpture by Gutzon Borglum containing "forty-two humans and two horses", located in Military Park, Newark, Essex County, New Jersey, United States. The sculpture sets on a base of granite from Stone Mountain.
The sculpture was erected in 1926, eight years after World War I ended, but its intent was broadened to honor all of America's war dead. In describing it, Borglum said "The design represents a great spearhead. Upon the green field of this spearhead we have placed a Tudor sword, the hilt of which represents the American nation at a crisis, answering the call to arms."
The work was funded by a $100,000 bequest by Newark businessman Amos Hoagland Van Horn, who also funded Borglums Seated Lincoln, also located in Newark. The sculpture was added to the National Register of Historic Places on October 28, 1994.
WAR memorials to the men and women who gave their lives in the great conflict that begun twelve years ago are rising throughout the world. Few communities have neglected their token of gratitude. New York, which it is hoped will eventually build one of the finest of these monuments to patriotic courage, has lagged behind most other representative cities.
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