So let’s say some town wants to commission a statue to occupy a suddenly-open space in front of the city hall. Let’s say a standing human figure of a local hero or maybe Winged Victory or something. I duuno, about ten or fifteen feet tall.
How much would it cost if we hired a sculptor?
Are cheaper premade statues on the market?
Is stone cheaper than case metal? Would some modern resin work?
How much for a generic pedestal?
Can we reuse our existing generic pedestal?
Were statues cheaper or more expensive back in the 1910’s (adjusted for inflation)?
In Richmond, for example, the city government has been criticized for spending a half-million dollars to “polish the controversial monument of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee in time for the Sons of Confederate Veterans to celebrate his birthday.”
“Last year, the Department of General Services shelled out some $450,000 to clean up the statue,” adds the outspoken anti-Lee group the Richmond Defender, referring to the statue on Monument Avenue. “And last fall, the state’s Department of Historic Resources added the statue to the official Virginia Landmarks Register, also in preparation for Lee’s birthday.”
Thank you. So basically, there was a big market for statues honoring the various participants of the war and a New Jersey company filled the niche in both north and south with copes of the same statue. How democratic.
I have relatives in Winsor NC, which the articles mentions. Can’t wait to tell them their statue was made in New Jersey.