The New York Times just did a hatchet job about Trump and women which ended up making the NY Times look far worse than Trump. The Washington Post hired 20 extra reporters to investigate Trump — just as they did not do when Barack Obama was the Democrat nominee.
I recently came across a story the New York Times and Washington Post will never publish. It’s about about Donald Trump and the monument to William Tecumseh Sherman that is, if not hugely revealing of Trump’s character, at least worthy of attention and reflection.
The statue represents General William Tecumseh Sherman on his horse, leading the Northern troops through Georgia. Sherman is being led by the winged goddess of Victory.
Writes art historian Robert Hughes:
Gold horse, gold rider, gold goddess. High on a plinth, they stand at the south-east edge of Central Park in New York, just in from the creeping traffic of Fifth Avenue and Fifty-ninth Street. Together, they commemorate the crushing of the Confederacy by the Union, in the Civil War. Americans are slow to put up monuments—the Washington Monument, as we have seen, wasn’t dedicated until Washington himself had been dead for more than eighty years. This one follows the pattern, Created by the sculptor Augustus Saint-Gardens, it was not installed until 1903, nearly forty years after the surrender at Appomattox.
The original Saint-Gauden’s statue was covered in gold leaf, but over the years the original gold leaf application became so unstable that the Sherman Monument turned a sickly mottled bronze covered in pigeon droppings.
The statue was painstakingly restored in the 1980s.
This hugely expensive (several million dollars) and time consuming restoration was paid for by Donald Trump. He did it quietly and anonymously. I only learned that the Donald saved the Sherman statue when I read Robert Hughes’s splendid American Visions: The Epic History of Art in America.
At the time of the restoration, Trump owned the Plaza Hotel. Thus, his decision to finance the Sherman Monument restoration, no doubt, enhanced his hotel’s value. But the statue is city property, New York’s responsibility. But, of course, the city neglected this fine sculpture for generations, allowing it to deteriorate horribly. Trump understood that waiting for government to restore the landmark monument was a waste of time.
It’s a classic case of private enterprise doing a better job than government. No matter how one feels about Trump, at least he creates wealth by way of buildings and hundreds and thousands of jobs. Hillary, Bill and Chelsea have grown wealthy sucking wealth from the tax payer and a political slush fund disguised as a charity.
The story goes that in the 1920s, a Southern belle was staying at the Plaza Hotel. She spied the Sherman monument from her window and summoned her little daughter to the view: “Take a good luck, isn’t that just like a damned Yankee, making the lady walk.”
The Irish born Augustus Saint-Gaudens is perhaps even better known for his powerful Robert Gould Shaw and the Fifty-Fourth Regiment Memorial, unveiled in 1897.
Shaw and his Black Regiment was the subject of the film “Glory (’89).”
According to Hughes:
…no American sculptor had ever been called on to represent blacks as heroes, level in nobility and resolution with a white leader. Second, this was the first American monument to a group rather than a single figure—although Saint-Gardens’s first sketches show that he began with Shaw alone on horseback. There were other, minor differences. How did he resolve them? By combining two Renaissance elements: the hero on horseback, and the sarcophagus frieze of other heroes on foot.
Saint-Gaudens took great pains with these soldiers. In the 1880s nearly all images of African Americans by white American artists were either crude racist stereotypes—Sambos, black mammies, lazy niggers, watermelon-eating pickaninnies—or else merely generic. Saint-Gardens, however, worked assiduously from the life, doing studies in clay of some forty different heads for the black soldiers.
I wonder how many New Yorkers are even aware that there is a statue of General Sherman right in the heart of the city?