Artist: Kitson, Theo Alice Ruggles
Title: "Union Soldier"
Location: Memorial Park, N. Raymond and W. Walnut Pasadena
Date of Manufacture: 1906
Date of Installation: Info not obtained during this survey
Foundry or Fabrication: Roman Bronze Works, NY
Dimensions: Bronze: H: approximately 9' x W: 4' x D: 4'; Base: H: 8' x W: 7' x D: 7'
Plaque: Bronze Plaque on front side of Pedestal
Inscriptions: On proper left side of bronze base: THEO. A. RUGGLES-KITSON/_1901-4 Sculptor.
Plaque: ERECTED BY TE CITZENS/ OF PASADENA TO PERPETUATE/ THE MEMORY OF THE DEFENDERS/ OF THE UNION 61 TO 65
Siting: The sculpture is located ina park, on a grassy knoll. The pedestal is in the center of a planted bed, surrounded by low concrete walls. It could not be determined during this inspection whether lawn sprinklers spray water on the pedestal or the bronze. There are two large trees located approximately 40 and 60 feet from the sculpture, with canopies overhanging the figure. Although the sculpture is raised on a pedestal, it is accessible to the public, as evidenced by current graffiti. Birds routinely roost on the sculpture and the overhanging tree limbs.
Description: "Union Soldier" depicts a soldier in uniform, striding with his right foot forward. He is carrying a rifle over his right shoulder. A canteen and a haversack are also hung over his right shoulder. A bed roll is tied over his left shoulder. A sword hangs by his left side.
The hollow bronze figure was most likely originally given a brown chemical patina. The figure is welded onto a shallow bronze base. The bronze base rests on top of a three tiered, suared pyramid shaped pedestal. The bottom tier is concrete and the top two tiers are faced with granite.