East Entry to Patriot Plaza
From the Collection of The Patterson Foundation
Sarasota National Cemetery
The American Bald Eagle became our national symbol for its courage and loyalty to family. Bald Eagles build elaborate nests to which they return year after year to raise their young. While in their nests, parent eagles ball up their talons and walk on their knuckles to avoid accidentally injuring their young. They use their wings to shroud their food supply and protect their young from harm.
In the sculpture, the eagles perch at two eye levels, high and low, and the elder eagle teaches the eaglet this gesture of protection. The shrouds formed by the wings cup the area in front of the eagles' bodies, as the cradle architecture of the nest enfolds the eagles' space and the walls themselves enclose the sculpture.
(Sarasota Herald-Tribune Staff Photo by Thomas Bender)