Sabin Howard: Sculptor for the National World War I Memorial

National World War I Memorial

On January 26, 2016, the World War 1 Memorial Commission announced the selection of the World War 1 Memorial Design Time and Concept. Architect Joe Weishaar and Sculptor Sabin Howard’s design THE WEIGHT OF SACRIFICE was chosen for the National World War 1 Memorial at Pershing Park in Washington D.C.

Sabin is beyond honored to be a part of this memorial that honors the more than 4,000,000 American men and women who served in uniform, and the 116,000 people from the United States who gave their lives, in the Great War.

Mr. Weishaar’s design includes long bronze walls covered with bas reliefs that will be executed by Sabin Howard based on drawings done by Sabin. Sabin will also sculpt a three-dimensional sculpture. The artwork will change with input from the committee. The intention for the artwork is to educate the public and to commemorate those who served in the war.

One of the great strengths of this design is that it preserves the park as a park, and it integrates seamlessly with the surrounding neighborhood.

See the case study here.

This video was part of the design presentation to the Washington Commission of Fine Arts, who unanimously approved the concept on July 19, 2018.
This animation represents the revised concept as reviewed and approved by the U.S. Commission of Fine Arts on July 19, 2018: elements of the design are still in progress. Additional agency reviews will occur toward ultimate design approval by the Commission of Fine Arts, the National Capital Planning Commission, and the National Park Service.

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More information about the ongoing process can be found on the World War 1 Memorial Centennial Organization website.

WW1 Memorial Design Announcement

In front of the WW1 Commission


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Sabin Howard Sculpture
Sabin Howard sculptures are classical figures that feel thoroughly modern while recalling the mastery of the Renaissance and ancient Greece.
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