There Will Be Other Towers for Thee to Build

  • Walker Hancock, There Will Be Other Towers for Thee to Build, 1940, 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, 1972.167.3

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Walker Hancock won the National Sculpture Society’s Lindsey Morris Sterling Memorial Prize in 1941 for the design of this medal. On the reverse side, two saplings rise from the blasted tree trunk, echoing the classical figures on the obverse. The young trees also refer to the imaginative and adventuresome children addressed in Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s poem “The Castle-Builder”:

There will be other towers for thee to build;
  There will be other steeds for thee to ride;
There will be other legends, and all filled
  With greater marvels and more glorified.

Title
There Will Be Other Towers for Thee to Build
Artist
Commissioner
Founder
Date
1940
On View
Not on view.
Dimensions
1/8 x 2 7/8 in. (0.3 x 7.4 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
  • Landscape – tree
  • Allegory – quality – hope
  • Figure group – male – nude
Object Number
1972.167.3
Palette
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