Information about this sculpture came from "A Survey of Important Sculptures in Los Angeles County" June 25, 1998, prepared by Sculpture Conservation Studio, Inc., and Glenn Wharton and Associates, Inc. Do not reproduce information from this site without acknowledgement.

Artist: Kitson, Theo Alice Ruggles

Title: "Spanish American War Memorial" (The Hiker)

Location: Arcadia Park, corner of Huntington and Santa Anita, Arcadia

Date of Manufacture: 1941

Date of Installation: April 20, 1941

Foundry or Fabrication: The Gorham Co./ Providence, RI

Dimensions: H: 6' x W: 2'8"; B: 5'2" x W: 8'

Plaque: Plaques on front and back of pedestal

Inscriptions: Front Plaque: DEDICATED TO THOSE WHO SERVED/ IN THE WAR WITH SPAIN/ THE PHILLIPPINE INSURRECTION/AND CHINA RELIEF EXPEDITION/ 1898-1902/ PRESENTED BY/ THE COUNTY OF LOS ANGELES/ THE UNITED APANISH WAR VETERANS/ OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA AND FRIENDS/ 1940 Back Plaque: SPANISH/WAR/VETERANS/ 1898-1902/ U.S.A/ PHILLIPPINE ISLANDS/ CUBA/ PUERTO-RICO

Siting: The sculpture is located in a park, facing south. It is mounted on a raised concrete pad, approximately ' from a lawn. The closest tree is approximately 40' away, and poses no threat from overhanging branches. There is no apparent problem with drainage. It could not be determined whether sprinklers spray water on the sculpture. Although it is elevated, the sculpture is accessible to the public. There is a sand-filled childrens play area approximately 20' away. Birds roost on top of the soldier's hat. The sculpture was originally located on the southwest corner of Huntington Dr. at Santa Anita Ave.

Description: Spanish American Wsar Memorial depicts a standing soldier, with his legs apart, and left foot forward. He is holding a rifle, horizontally across the front of his body at waist level. A stachel and a caneen hang at his hips from shoulder straps. He is wearing a cartridge belt around his waist.

The hollow cast bronze figure was originally patinated brown. The alloy and original patina has been thoroughly researched in the APT Bulletin (associated of Preservation Technology. Vol 23, No. 4, 1991. Pp 58-63.)

The figure is welded onto a shallow bronze base. It is mounted on a rough hewn two-tiered granite pedestal, which in turn rests on a shallow concrete step. The outer edges of the granite are polished Bronze plaques are bolted onto the front and back sides of the top tier of the granite pedestal.

This sculpture is one of 52 casts of the Hiker, cast between the years 1921 and 1956. The series was part of a recent corrosion study, as reported in the APT Bulletin.


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