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Robert Graham, sculptor 

Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial
Washington, DC




Robert Graham was a renowned sculptor specializing in monumental bronze figures and civic monuments.  His prominent body of work includes The Great Bronze Doors of the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels, Los Angeles, the Charlie Parker Memorial in Kansas City, Missouri, and the Duke Ellington Monument in New York City.

Davis Buckley advised on Graham’s statue of Franklin Delano Roosevelt in a wheelchair, part of the FDR Memorial. A major goal was to provide universal accessibility to the sculpture, with its direct symbolic links – FDR served as president from a wheelchair. This was achieved by placing the statue on ground level, rather than on a pedestal, and uninhibited by blockages.

Robert Graham passed away in 2008, but his work remains influential to today’s young artists.


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