'War Memorial III'
1987 - metal: bronze
'War Memorial III', a grouping of five 11-foot-tall abstracted bronzes, moved to Grounds For Sculpture from its placement outside the City University of New York Graduate Center in mid-town Manhattan. Linda Cunningham used an experimental process to cast the fragmented, imposing, and haunting figurative units of the composition. The jagged-edged, thin bronze sections appear rough, raw, and corroded. The bronze pieces are joined together around a hollow center in such a manner as to further contribute to the illusion of loss and decay through passage of time. The emotional impact, emphasized by the gathering of multiple components, is one of sadness, of heroic tributes left to erode and eventually vanish through neglect.