Building Toward Unity

  • Karl H. Gruppe, Building Toward Unity, 1952, bronze, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of the heirs of Albert Laessle: Mrs. Albertine de Bempt Laessle, Mr. Albert M. Laessle and Mr. Paul Laessle, 1972.167.29

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Karl H. Gruppe’s medal honors the founding of the Boy Scouts in 1910. On the obverse side, a bald eagle carries a linked chain, symbolizing the teamwork enacted by the scouts on the reverse side. Their collaborative effort, in turn, is based on the patriotism embodied in the eagle.

Title
Building Toward Unity
Artist
Commissioners
Founders
Date
1952
Location
Not on view
Dimensions
2 7/8 in. (7.3 cm) diam.
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of the heirs of Albert Laessle: Mrs. Albertine de Bempt Laessle, Mr. Albert M. Laessle and Mr. Paul Laessle

Mediums
Mediums Description
bronze
Classifications
Keywords
  • Figure group – male
  • Animal – bird – eagle
Object Number
1972.167.29
Palette
Linked Open Data
Linked Open Data URI