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CONUS Archive
185990
D-DAY SCULPTOR 6/6/2000)
LAWRENCE, KANSAS
PKG W/TAG
6/6/2000
12:43
1:26
LAWRENCE, KANSAS BEN CHAPMEN REPORTING JIM BROTHERS SCULPTOR BEDFORD, VIRGINIA
ECU SHOTS OF SCULPTURE FIGURES, B&W FILE OF WORLD WAR TWO WITH NEWSREEL NARRATION (CANNOT LICENSE NARRATION, MORE SCULPTURE FIGURES, AERIAL SHOTS OF AREA SCULPTURE WILL BE PLACED IN VIRGINIA, ,STILL PHOTOS, MODELS POSING FOR SCULPTOR, MORE D-DAY FILE FILM, SOT,
A LAWRENCE, KANSAS, SCULPTOR IS BUSY WORKING ON THE SECOND HALF OF A D-DAY SCULPTURE. THE FIRST PART IS ALREADY ON DISPLAY IN BEDFORD, VA
LEAD: TODAY IS THE 56TH ANNIVERSARY OF D-DAY... THE DAY ALLIED FORCES STORMED THE BEACHES OF FRANCE. FOR ONE KANSAS MAN, THIS DAY AND THE MEN WHO FOUGHT AND DIED ON IT, HAVE BECOME ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT DAYS OF HIS LIFE. AS BEV CHAPMAN TELLS US, THIS ARTIST IS MIDWAY THROUGH A MONUMENTAL EFFORT TO HONOR D-DAY VETERANS. (TAKE PKG) SCRIPT: (SOT) "It's strange to do art work that you're silently pleased when they cry." AND THEY DO CRY WHEN THEY SEE THE FACES OF FEAR AND PAIN LAWRENCE SCULPTOR JIM BROTHERS PULLS FROM THE CLAY AND FROM THE PAST. (SOT) "Plane explodes, then it was D-Day, June 6th 1944." 9700 ALLIED TROOPS DIED ON D-DAY--INCLUDING 139 RANGERS ON A SUICIDE MISSION TO SCALE THE CLIFFS AT POINTE DU HOC... THAT'S WHAT THESE FIGURES REPRESENT. WHEN THEY ARE FINISHED THEY WILL SCALE A WALL AT THE NATIONAL D-DAY MEMORIAL IN VIRGINIA. IN ALL, BROTHERS WILL CONTRIBUTE NINE MEN CAUGHT OR KILLED IN COMBAT THREE OF HIS FIGURES WERE DEDICATED THIS MEMORIAL DAY. (SOT) "You do become obsessed, I am obsessed. It's in the pit of your stomach all the time." HE WORKS IN PART FROM PHOTOGRAPHS... YOUNG MEN MODELING THE EFFORT TO CLING TO LIFE. AND FROM HOURS OF RESEARCH. HE WALKED THESE BEACHES AND TALKED WITH THE SOLDIERS WHO SURVIVED THIS. (SOT) "I end up bawling like a baby." A HISTORY BUFF SINCE HIGH SCHOOL THIS WORK MEANS SO MUCH MORE TO BROTHERS THAN A COMMISSION. THIS IS HIS CHANCE TO RAKE THE CLAY TO TEACH THE FUTURE ABOUT WAR, ABOUT LOSS, ABOUT LIFE. TO BECOME A PART OF HISTORY BY PORTRAYING IT. (SOT) "This is something most sculptors will never get and only dream of...I feel very lucky." BEV CHAPMAN, KMBC NINE NEWS. 1700
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Keywords

D-DAY
WORLD WAR TWO
WWII
WW2
WW-2
WORLD WAR 2
MEMORIAL
SCULPTURE
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