Your support is kindly requested.
Major Arnold and his family advanced the money needed to complete the monumental sculpture now on display in Denver. They did so in the belief that, once complete, individuals would see the value in the work and help to offset expenses through tax-deductible contributions.
Please make your donation by sending a check or simply use the button below to donate to the project by credit card.
“Lest We Forget: The Mission” is a sponsored project of Fractured Atlas, a non-profit arts service organization. Contributions for the charitable purposes of “Lest We Forget: The Mission” must be made payable to Fractured Atlas only. See below for information about Fractured Atlas.
Contributions of any amount are gratefully accepted. Every bit helps! Donations above $250 receive acknowledgement gifts which vary depending on Award Level. Any contribution above the value of the corresponding gift is tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law.
How to Donate
By Check: Send your check, made payable to “Fractured Atlas” to:
“Lest We Forget: The Mission”
1630a 30th Street, #173
Boulder CO 80301
By Credit Card: Click the button below to contribute using a credit card:
If donating $1,000 or more: Whether contributing by check or credit card, your donation must be accompanied by a “Major Donor Letter”. You may email us using the Contact Us button above to receive a blank copy of this transmittal document, or simply click MajorGiftLetter to download a pdf copy, then return the completed form via email addressed to info@LestWeForgetSculpture.org. If you wish to make a major tax-deductible donation by sponsoring one or more of the twelve life-size bronzes, please use the Contact Us page to get in touch.
From the Artist’s Son, Marc Arnold
In March, 2015, Dad finished all twelve figures in clay. To convert these fragile clay originals into permanent bronzes and to join the twelve individual sculptures into one monolithic whole is a complex, challenging and expensive process. The steps include: Making molds, Pouring wax, “Chasing” the wax, Creating a ceramic shell, Dewaxing, Pouring the molten bronze metal, Sandblasting the cast metal, Welding the 100+ cast pieces together, Chasing the metal, Applying patina, final Assembly, Shipping and Exhibit Installation. The finished sculpture is now on display at the Wings Over the Rockies Air and Space Museum in Denver, Colorado. When preparations are complete, the statue will be moved to a special exhibition location at the National WWII Museum in New Orleans. In time, we hope it becomes an iconic image linked to WWII aviators just as the famous Iwo Jima sculpture memorializes the sacrifices borne by the Marines.
In view of Dad’s advanced age, it wasn’t feasible to put the project on hold until members of the public contributed complete funding. Therefore, our family advanced the needed funds. We kindly ask you for your help in financing this important project. Please consider helping in one of two ways:
First, if you know of individuals, corporations or foundations that might want to help us, please bring this project to their attention. It is a worthy cause and we are hopeful information about this effort will go ‘viral’ enough to gain significant support.
Second, you may make a donation directly to the project or visit the Store tab and purchase an item or two to help the cause. Your donation or purchase in any amount will be gratefully accepted. The old adage “every bit helps” certainly applies.
Thank you again for your interest. As word of Dad’s project gets out, Dad is constantly amazed and humbled by the outpouring of support.
About Fractured Atlas
Fractured Atlas is a 501(c)(3) public charity. Contributions for the purposes of Lest We Forget: The Mission are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law.
Fractured Atlas is the largest arts service organization in the U.S., reaching a network of more than 250,000 artists. Dedicated to empowering artists with the support they need to work effectively and thrive, Fractured Atlas provides funding, insurance, technology, education, and other services critical to building sustainable careers and organizations. Founded in 1998, Fractured Atlas is headquartered in New York City. For more information, visit the Fractured Atlas at www.FracturedAtlas.org
Special Limited Edition of 50 Table-Top Bronze Sculptures of “TEENAGER”
For those who are able to consider a contribution at the highest award level (“Fighter Pilot” Level at $10,000), we have created a very special recognition award. Donors of $10,000 receive a Special Limited Edition “Table Top TEENAGER” mounted on a walnut base suitable for home or office.
Each sculpture’s edition number (1-50) ties it to a specific combat mission flown by Major Arnold as evidenced by a Certificate of Authenticity which references the specific mission as documented in Fredric Arnold’s 1943 logbook. A photocopy of the logbook is included which depicts all 50 combat missions, a rare artifact given that early in the war, only a small fraction of pilots stationed in North Africa survived 50 missions and returned from combat. Eight inches tall, “Table Top TEENAGER” is a small version of the life-size “TEENAGER” (figure number one of the twelve life-size figures that comprise “Lest We Forget: The Mission”).
Each of these bronze sculptures is individually numbered, signed and reserved as a gift to major donors. None will be sold. The edition size of 50 commemorates the fifty combat missions flown by Major Arnold during WWII.