From the Collection of The Patterson Foundation
Sarasota National Cemetery
The two curved walls at the east entrance open a concave space in the gateway, which is dramatically set apart from the ceremonial amphitheater of Patriot Plaza. Both walls present a nest motif.
The nests are series of branches pared down to a design suggesting a boat and a cradle. The bronze branches are enveloped in the curvature of the wall and stand off the surface far enough that the rising and the setting of the southerly sun casts patterns of light and shadow on the wall behind 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.
Photo by Grant Jefferies, Bradenton Herald