"Saving the Flag" Limited edition, bronze sculpture by James Muir available now from Sculpture Collector
"Saving the Flag"
RARE (now available)
Edition No. 3 of 24
Size . . 38"H
by James Muir
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The action depicted in this allegorical sculpture is a classic of human valor in war. In the midst of a Union cavalry charge during the American "Civil War," the flag bearer has fallen. With an effort of supreme will, while pinned beneath his mount, the soldier raises the cavalry guidon—the swallow-tailed American flag—in order that the bold young trooper may snatch it up to be courageously carried onward in the forefront of the battle. Though originally created in 1983, the symbology of this sculpture is even more poignant today, as America faces the greatest crisis in recorded history. Human Liberty and rights hang in a precarious balance. The American Republic, as represented here by the flag is the guiding light of the world. If it falls to the clever guise of tyranny, Freedom’s lamp will be extinguished for all peoples, not just our own. The stalwart defenders—the flag bearers—of our Liberty have done their duty well in the founding of this nation and many have nobly fallen in the fight. Yet it is now, when the victory seems almost won that the danger is the greatest. It is now that the new generation of defenders, people of all ages with open and aware minds must charge forward out of the ranks of complacency to grasp the banner of Human Freedom with unbridled fury. If there is to be a "New World Order" it must be one based on human Liberty. For the price of eternal Freedom is, truly, eternal vigilance.
HISTORICAL NOTES:The guidon sergeant is armed with a .44 cal. Colt’s pistol and M1860 Light Cavalry Sabre. On his belt is a pistol cartridge box. He wears the Cavalry issue shell jacket, mounted trousers with 1 inch Sgt. stripe, early buff leather sabre belt and issue brogan shoes. The trooper is similarly armed, with the addition of a M1863 Sharps Carbine and cartridge box on his harness leather sabre belt and carbine sling. His hat insignia indicates Co "I" and his boots are the Federal issue for the Cavalry. (Note: most cavalry were issued brogan shoes rather than boots.)
Horse equipments are the Federal issue M1859 exposed rawhide seat saddle with crupper and saddle bags—outside section of pockets for spare horseshoes (1 each, fitted front and rear.) Bridles and bits are standard issue with the top horse using a "ring-bit," a very severe Spanish type bit for hard to control horses (fortunately, seldom used.)
Additional equipments and accoutrements include: Overcoats rolled on the pommel, bed blanket on the cantle, canteen, haversack, tin cup, nose bag (containing brush and curry comb and watering bridle,) and, on the Sgt.’s horse, a non-issue breast collar. Normally, if a unit knew well in advance that they would be going into an attack, much of this excess baggage would be left behind to be picked up afterwards. The flag is the cavalry swallow-tail version of the thirty-five star American flag.
James N. Muir was born in Indianapolis, Indiana 1945. He attended the United States Military Academy at West Point for two years and completed his B.S. Degree at Indiana University in 1970. His professional art career as a sculptor began in 1979 and he has continued to be a full-time professional artist for 26 years.
He owned his own bronze casting foundry, Seraph M Fine Art Bronze, from 1982 to 1988 in Sedona, Arizona. He has completed over 100 sculptures to date and his first book "Lanterns Along The Path" was published in 2004.
Allegorical Art is a term Muir uses to describe his art as being filled with symbolic meaning. Bridging the centuries from his historical military subjects to today’s social, political and spiritual commentary, his sculptures speak eloquently of Duty, Honor, Courage, and Justice, but above all, of Truth and the ultimate triumph of the Human Spirit. He has built upon the recognition gained as a historical military sculptor to create an ever-expanding array of artistic commentary exemplifying the highest qualities of man.
Muir's early interest in history and the military was reinforced by his experiences as a West Point cadet and to which he also attributes the cementing of his personal "Code of Honor." Muir’s ever deeper involvement with horses, and his continuing quest for spiritual Truth, finally led him to leave Indiana in 1979 for the freedom and inspiration of the great American West.
He ultimately settled in Sedona, Arizona and there embarked on a full-time career in sculpting, initially specializing in historical subjects. In 1990 he began to expand his work to include contemporary subjects and accepting commissions in lifesize and monumental.
His meticulous attention to detail, coupled with an insightful grasp of the human experience resulted in exquisitely crafted and poignant bronzes. He quickly gained the acclaim of collectors around the country. Some of the public collections Muir’s work resides include the U.S. Cavalry Museum at Fort Riley, Meisler Museum, Bolivar Museum, Gettysburg Battlefield Museum, the Booth Museum in Georgia, Pearce Western Art Museum, Sons of The American Revolution Headquarters, and the Atlanta Historical Society. Many of his sculptures that address today’s contemporary issues can be found in institutions and museums such as: Birkenau Museum in Auschwitz, El Paso Holocaust Museum, St. Louis University, Vanguard University, Paul Harvey News Broadcasting Headquarters, George W. Bush Presidential Library and some of the most prominent private collections in America.
Muir’s most recent accomplishment is the release of his new book, "Lanterns Along The Path: The Allegorical Art of James N. Muir" (available at Barnes & Noble bookstores nationwide). A labor of love, Muir spent nearly seven years writing the book that showcases all of his sculptures with a flowing narrative which addresses the spirit of the human journey. The book is already being recognized as its own work of art: Muir received the "2004 Pinnacle Book Achievement Award" in the Inspirational Category.
Recent commissions in-progress include: West Point Military Academy, a monumental sculpture for the new Thomas Jefferson Library Rotunda; an 18 foot Christ sculpture for CC Young at Dallas, Texas; a lifesize figure of the Mexican hero - Elfego Baca for a museum in New Mexico; and two signature sculptures for the Sedona Humane Society in Arizona.
In keeping with his deep spiritual convictions and social consciousness, Muir’s sculptural subjects have expanded to reflect the critical nature of the times in which we live. Whether historical or contemporary, "the golden thread that ties it all together is still my never-ending quest for the essence of life - for Truth in its purest form."
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