‘The Michigan Assassin” as Ketchel was dubbed, won 51 fights (48 by knockout) and suffered just two defeats and one no contest. He’s regarded by historians as one of the greatest middleweights in boxing history.
Ann’s portrait of the Honorable Mark L. Wolf, Senior U.S. District Judge for the District Court of Massachusetts, was permanently installed in the library of Boston Latin School on June 8, 2015. The dedication was attended by Congressman Joseph Kennedy, III and former Massachusetts Governor Bill Weld along with recipients of Ward Fellowships.
Ann Hirsch is soft-spoken, gentle, and exudes a sense of calm. Her art displays a similar restraint –but do not be fooled. Beneath the cool, calm surface of her sculptures is a strong, emotional energy that makes each piece – from a few inches tall to 7 feet, a compelling experience.
Ann works in the long tradition of western figurative sculpture but expresses her themes in a contemporary mode – seamlessly making work that seems both traditional and modern at the same time. She is interested in the public’s interaction with her work, often setting sculptures low where they can be touched and examined closely.
Her work on the east entrance to Patriot Plaza is a transitional space between the cemetery at large and the side of the ceremonial amphitheater dedicated to themes of family and community that honor military service.