New York, NY —On June 15, 2007 at 5:00 pm, the Franklin and
Eleanor Roosevelt Institute and the Franklin D. Roosevelt
Presidential Library celebrated the restored art of Edwina
Sandys, grand-daughter of Winston Churchill who created the
center-piece sculpture “Break Free” for “ Freedom Court ,” at
the FDR Library in Hyde Park. Sandys ’ installation will be
joined alongside the bust of her grandfather by legendary
sculptor Oscar Nemon after its unveiling . The Churchill bust
will be displayed across the Franklin Roosevelt bust at the
entrance of the library’s “ Freedom Court .”
Sandys ’ sculpture is carved from the Berlin Wall and is
crafted from the shapes of a man and a woman. The two figures
stand atop a square base with each side featuring one of FDR’s
Four Freedoms. The real and symbolic tearing down of the
Berlin Wall is immortalized in Sandys ’ monumental sculpture.
. A companion sculpture, “Break Through,” was created from the
section of the Wall from which these figures were cut. It is
installed at Westminster College in Fulton , Missouri , where
Winston Churchill gave his famous “Iron Curtain speech” in
Speakers at the dedication included Ms. Sandys; Lady Aurelia
Young, the daughter of Oscar Nemon; Sir Alan Stanley Collins,
British Consul-General of New York ; and other dignitaries.
The artistic appeal of Edwina Sandys lies in her diverse
subject matter ranging from the light-hearted to the profound.
Her art deals with issues of our times: War &Peace, Women,
Nature, and Family. Her distinctive style creates powerful
effect with her use of negative and positive forces.Over the
last twenty years, the United Nations has installed five
monumental sculptures by Edwina Sandys at their centers around
the world and also holds permanent collections at the Ronald
Reagan Library and Brooklyn Museum of Art.
“ Freedom Court ” provides a deeper understanding of the
powerful and historic relationship between President Roosevelt
and Prime Minister Churchill. The combined elements of “
Freedom Court ” provide a poignant history lesson—FDR’s Four
Freedoms speech; the collaboration of Roosevelt and Churchill
that led to victory in World War II; the emergence of the Cold
War; and the ultimate collapse of Communism with the fall of
the Berlin Wall.
The “ Freedom Court ” dedication took place in conjunction
with “Roosevelt & Churchill: The Legacy of Two Statesman,” a
conference jointly organized by the Franklin and Eleanor
Roosevelt Institute and the Churchill Centre which ran from
June 15 through June 17.
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