Alex Palkovich

Sculptor

General Francis Marion Sculpture in Johnsonville, SC

September 13th, 2014

 General Francis Marion

"Francis Marion" Monument  in bronze on concrete pedestal. - This 3x life size monument of General Francis Marion and his horse, Ball, stands at the historical site of Venters' Landing, Johnsonville. Marion is known for leading his men to a decisive victory in the Revolutionary War. The sculpture sits on an 11 ft. pedestal and is intended to reflect the dichotomy of war. The expression of fear and confusion on Ball’s face reveals the miseries of war, while Marion’s countenance is composed and in command. His right arm is extended, pointing the way ahead to victory and the future. The sculpture was installed in May 2013 during a ceremony that was attended by representatives of congress and other dignitaries.

“Francis Marion” Monument in bronze on concrete pedestal. – This 3x life size monument of General Francis Marion and his horse, Ball, stands at the historical site of Venters’ Landing, Johnsonville. Marion is known for leading his men to a decisive victory in the Revolutionary War. The sculpture sits on an 11 ft. pedestal and is intended to reflect the dichotomy of war. The expression of fear and confusion on Ball’s face reveals the miseries of war, while Marion’s countenance is composed and in command. His right arm is extended, pointing the way ahead to victory and the future. The sculpture was installed in May 2013 during a ceremony that was attended by representatives of congress and other dignitaries.

The General Francis Marion sculpture located at Witherspoon’s Ferry (also known as Venters’ Landing) in Johnsonville, South Carolina is 7 feet high and ten feet across, set upon a 12-foot base considered to be located on the spot that Francis Marion, the Swamp Fox, received his commission in the Revolutionary War and proceeded to trounce the British.

The commanding presence of the General stares down at visitors with a piercing gaze as if to say, “follow me!” The sculpture is unique among historical depictions in that it adopts the perspective of the war photographer, honing in on the action, or that of a close-up shot of the critical characters in a television drama. The sculptor, Alex Palkovich, has focused on the center of the action, detailing the commanding presence of Marion and his wild-eyed Marsh Tacky horse that saw him through the battles.

The sculpture is conveniently located  at Venters’ Landing off Highway 41/51 which is also known as the Johnsonville Veterans Memorial Park. In Mid-May of each year, the City of Johnsonville celebrates its history at the location. There is no charge for viewing the sculpture and it can easily be seen from the highway.

You can read more about the sculpture here:

http://carolinaarts.com/wordpress/2011/01/21/florence-sc-sculptor-alex-palkovich-keeps-legend-of-the-swamp-fox-alive/

http://www.scnow.com/news/local/article_4497bc72-c005-11e2-9098-0019bb30f31a.html

http://www.wbtw.com/story/22248617/johnsonvilles-francis-marion-statue-to-be-dedicated-may-18

http://www.scnow.com/news/local/image_6f0854c6-662c-58ef-8a68-d0f835cedd16.html

http://www.scnow.com/news/local/image_645f6fb4-0d88-5c3e-aeaa-68dc5c09093e.html

http://www.scnow.com/news/local/article_44162b22-aa6c-5536-beef-82896b83e721.html

Alex in Colorado

Alex in Colorado

Releasing the ropes on the cover

Releasing the ropes on the cover

Preparing to unveil the bronze

Preparing to unveil the bronze

Preparing to unveil statue

Preparing to unveil statue

Unveiling the Francis Marion sculpture

Unveiling the Francis Marion sculpture

Unveiling the Francis Marion sculpture

Unveiling the Francis Marion sculpture

Side view of sculpture in Johnsonville, SC

Side view of sculpture in Johnsonville, SC

"Francis Marion" Monument in bronze on concrete pedestal. - This 3x life size monument of General Francis Marion and his horse, Ball, stands at the historical site of Venters' Landing, Johnsonville. Marion is known for leading his men to a decisive victory in the Revolutionary War. The sculpture sits on an 11 ft. pedestal and is intended to reflect the dichotomy of war. The expression of fear and confusion on Ball’s face reveals the miseries of war, while Marion’s countenance is composed and in command. His right arm is extended, pointing the way ahead to victory and the future. The sculpture was installed in May 2013 during a ceremony that was attended by representatives of congress and other dignitaries.

Francis Marion sculpture in bronze in Johnsonville, South Carolina

Francis Marion sculpture in bronze in Johnsonville, South Carolina

"Francis Marion" Monument in bronze on concrete pedestal. - This 3x life size monument of General Francis Marion and his horse, Ball, stands at the historical site of Venters' Landing, Johnsonville. Marion is known for leading his men to a decisive victory in the Revolutionary War. The sculpture sits on an 11 ft. pedestal and is intended to reflect the dichotomy of war. The expression of fear and confusion on Ball’s face reveals the miseries of war, while Marion’s countenance is composed and in command. His right arm is extended, pointing the way ahead to victory and the future. The sculpture was installed in May 2013 during a ceremony that was attended by representatives of congress and other dignitaries.

FrancisMarion at Sunset

FrancisMarion at Sunset

Francis Marion with foundry workers

Francis Marion with foundry workers

General Francis Marion at foundry

General Francis Marion at foundry

General Francis Marion in Johnsonville, South Carolina

General Francis Marion in Johnsonville, South Carolina

"Francis Marion" Monument in bronze on concrete pedestal. - This 3x life size monument of General Francis Marion and his horse, Ball, stands at the historical site of Venters' Landing, Johnsonville. Marion is known for leading his men to a decisive victory in the Revolutionary War. The sculpture sits on an 11 ft. pedestal and is intended to reflect the dichotomy of war. The expression of fear and confusion on Ball’s face reveals the miseries of war, while Marion’s countenance is composed and in command. His right arm is extended, pointing the way ahead to victory and the future. The sculpture was installed in May 2013 during a ceremony that was attended by representatives of congress and other dignitaries.

Unveiling the Francis Marion sculpture

Unveiling the Francis Marion sculpture

Alex Palkovich speaking in front of the newly unveiled sculpture

Alex Palkovich speaking in front of the newly unveiled sculpture

General Francis Marion

General Francis Marion

Side view

Side view

Alex Palkovich, the sculptor, in the center

Alex Palkovich, the sculptor, in the center

Alex Palkovich, sculptor

Alex Palkovich, sculptor

Alex Palkovich

Alex Palkovich

Alex Palkovich

Alex Palkovich

The bronze sculpture unveiled

The bronze sculpture unveiled

Unveiling the statute

Unveiling the statute

Soldiers looking on at the unveiling

Soldiers looking on at the unveiling

Ben Ziegler speaking

Ben Ziegler speaking

Men in historical costumes

Men in historical costumes

Speaking to the crowd at the unveiling

Speaking to the crowd at the unveiling

Alex in the background, people in historic dress in the front

Alex in the background, people in historic dress in the front

Mayor Dukes at the microphone

Mayor Dukes at the microphone

Mayor Dukes speaking

Mayor Dukes speaking

The crowd looking on

The crowd looking on

Alex standing near the flag

Alex standing near the flag

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