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Ray Kaskey, sculptor 

Washington, DC




Ray Kaskey is an American sculptor who studied architecture at Carnegie Melon University and Yale University, before establishing Kaskey Studio in 1983. As both a sculptor and an architect, Kaskey specializes in the creation of large scale civic art. In his work, he reinterprets classical themes from the ancient Greeks and Renaissance masters to resonate with today’s audiences.

The Memorial creates a new architectural focus for Washington’s historic National Register-listed Judiciary Square, in front of the National Building Museum. Marble walls bearing bronze guardian lions and the inscribed names of fallen officers, columned lamella-topped pergolas, pleached linden trees and a cascading pool frame an oval plaza that serves as both a dignified ceremonial space and a busy Metro entrance, integral to the life of the city. Davis Buckley worked closely with Kaskey in the conception and production of the bronze guardian lions positioned on the memorial’s marble walls. Kaskey described the sculptor pieces as, “A pair of recumbent male and female lions guards sleeping cubs, which symbolize the protection of innocence. The composition forms the termination of the name walls, memorializing the deaths of all branches of law enforcement.”

More about Kaskey and his work can be found on his website at




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