Friday, June 15, 2012

Apex, World War I Memorial, Kansas City, Missouri

I never realized before, but there are four sculptures at the top of the monument, each facing a different direction. They're all identical, more or less, despite my thinking that they weren't from the ground.


  1. Didn't the top of the tower used to emit steam to create a fire-like illusion? Perhaps it still does...

  2. Tom Maher - KirkwoodJune 15, 2012 at 4:02 PM

    The angle of the heads of the figures is different; perhaps, like the shrouds of the Sphinxes, that is an architectural allegory? Beyond my job description.

    As to the steam - a photo from the Wiki article:
    and the article itself:

    It's supposed to be one of the best (if not THE best) WWI mnuseums in the country.

  3. Tom Maher - KirkwoodJune 15, 2012 at 4:07 PM

    I just noticed the expressions of the statues are different and the clasped hands are different - along with the angles of the heads, this HAS to be a comment on the pain of the country.
    I wonder if the museum contains smaller replicas of these statues, along with explanations; after all, they are waaay up high and many eyes would miss the details.


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