Art in Plain Sight: Moline War Memorial by C.S. Paolo

War Memorial by C. S. Paolo. Photo by Bruce Walters.

War Memorial by C. S. Paolo. Photo by Bruce Walters.

Another article in the occasional series by Bruce Walters for the River Cities Reader in the Quad Cities.  This time Bruce looks at a very impressive sculpture, a war memorial, in downtown Moline.

A large cast-bronze war memorial has stood in downtown Moline for roughly eight decades. On the sculpture’s north side is the imagery one might expect on such a memorial: an idealized soldier holding an American flag under the spread wings of an eagle. Rising through the sculpture’s center is a towering flag pole.

This is not the oldest war memorial in the Quad Cities, nor is it the most prominent or grandest. It is, however, a thoughtful – perhaps even profound – sculptural group of five figures.

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