Reclaiming Liberty, by Frank Norton

Are you new to sculpture?
Frank Norton: Yes, but reception has been terrific and I have others in process and more swirling around in my brain.
What is the title of the piece showing in the Members’ Show at the Quinlan?
Frank Norton: “Reclaiming Liberty”

This piece is clearly conceptual in nature. Do you mind giving me a description of the materials used and the concept/inspiration behind the sculpture?
Frank Norton: House and furniture parts, lion feet from a Victorian piano, walnut leg from a sewing machine, Irish carved wings from most likely a piece of furniture or room molding and an American eagle gold leafed from a weather vane. The antique flag was salvaged from a bind of flags soon to be burned in a Boy Scout flag purification ceremony.

I personally have a very strong emotional reaction to the sculpture. Was it your intent to invoke patriotism and passion for liberty when creating the piece?
Frank Norton: Absolutely, it’s a powerful patriotic statement, but in the same sense it evokes the cross of Christ and the strong determination of the eagle with the compassion of a worn, draped American flag across the neck of that cross.

Read the full interview here.

Details of sculpture to indicate scale and richness of individual components.

Norton and Liberty

Norton Liberty Top

Norton Liberty Feet

1 Comment

  1. Richard wobbe

    Very nice Frank!

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