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Taft, Lorado Zadoc 1860-1936  Search this
Berchem, Jules 1855-1930  Search this
American Bronze Company  Search this
Hackley, Charles H  Search this
Hackely, Charles H  Search this
Figure: bronze, coated; Base: granite
Sculptures-Outdoor Sculpture
Administered by City of Muskegon Board of Education Southern Avenue Muskegon Michigan
Located Muskegon High School Muskegon Michigan
Cast 1929. Dedicated Oct. 21, 1929
Save Outdoor Sculpture, Michigan survey, 1993.
SOS Conservation Treatment Award, 2001.
Image on file.
(Front of plinth:) LORADO TAFT SC. 1929 (Back of plinth:) CAST BY/AMERICAN ART BRONZE FOUNDRY-CHICAGO/1885 JULES BERCHEM AND SON-1929 (Center panel of exedra, in relief:) A TRIBUTE FROM A GRATEFUL COMMUNITY (Center panel of exedra, beneath bust relief, incised:) CHARLES.H.HACKLEY/1837 1905 signed Founder's mark appears.
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A female figure representing Alma Mater stands dressed in Classical robes, her proper right hand resting on a decorated urn. The figure stands atop a square base in the center of an exedra that is adorned with relief panels on each side. On the base below the figure of Alma Mater is a profile portrait of Muskegon philanthropist and businessman Charles H. Hackley (1837-1905). The relief panel on the proper right side of the exedra depicts a reclining male figure representing Mercury. He is nude except for his winged hat. He leans against a basket full of fruit, his proper left arm resting on the basket, his proper right arm extended forward and holding a staff with a bird on it. The relief panel on the proper left side of the exedra depicts a reclining male figure in the arms of a kneeling female figure representing the Good Samaritan. The reliefs symbolize Charles Hackley's philanthropy and business interests.
Figure female--Full length  Search this
Allegory--Arts & Sciences--Education  Search this
Portrait male--Bust  Search this
Portrait male--Profile  Search this
Religion--New Testament--Good Samaritan  Search this
Mythology--Classical--Mercury  Search this
Control number:
IAS MI000143
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums