Art: Battle of Yorktown

When the National Park Service began looking around for a sculptor to do a new figure for the top of the 97-ft. shaft of the Yorktown, Va. monument commemorating Washington's victory over Cornwallis, its eye fell on Norwegian-born Oskar Hansen, 61. Hansen was a monument-maker of some repute: he did the figures at Boulder Dam, a World War I memorial in Hinsdale, Ill., and a Columbus memorial in Rio de Janeiro. What was needed at Yorktown was a new statue of Liberty to replace the one decapitated by lightning in 1942.

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