Master Sculptor Sabin Howard’s National Memorial will change the cultural landscape of our nation’s capital, just as the Statue of Liberty changed New York harbor and the Lincoln Memorial irrevocably altered the National Mall.
A Soldier’s Journey is a sculptural relief depicting a soldier’s heroic yet devastating journey through the Great War. This 58’ long, 10’ high figurative masterpiece will be cast in bronze and installed in Pershing Park, Washington D.C. in 2023/2024.
Given its scale and importance, this monument should take twenty-five years. But Sabin must put down his sculpting tool by December 28, 2023.
He has 4 years to sculpt 38 larger-than-life-size figures to the level of High Renaissance art.
At stake are his reputation, his livelihood, his body of work to date, and his future as an artist.
This is the tale of one man’s quirky heroism, stubbornness, and brute force talent in the face of an impossible task.
The clock is ticking.
Along this four-year journey, Sabin leads his team of sculptors and models through the daily task of sculpting figures in clay. He wrangles the obstructive forces of bureaucracy out of Washington D.C.
Sabin also confronts the vacuity of the contemporary art world. And this is our B story, woven seamlessly into the narrative: Sabin’s battle against society monetizing the art of the lowest common denominator.
Sabin is a visionary genius who stands for beauty, excellence, and the artist’s skill in a culture of vapid, morally bankrupt post-modernism. For Sabin, art is sacred.
Human potential is sacred.
Great art expands and enlarges our consciousness, informing us of our own possibilities. It’s the excellence of art that elevates us all.
Great art touches something deep inside us, so that the particular and individual is universal.
This film will be a calling back of true craft. In that calling, we find our own humanity.