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The statue, of course, is the centerpiece to the monument, and we hope it faithfully reflects both the President’s likeness and his presidential yet approachable demeanor. At 8 feet tall, the bronze figure is larger than life and stands as the highest point in the monument. Yet, the low pedestal, the informal pose with hand in pocket and the twinge of humor in the expression, serve to dramatize the President’s famously friendly personality.

President Bush’s well-known face made capturing a likeness both easy and difficult. The familiar features bring out the person within the clay, but they can also tempt one to finesse those features until the likeness is lost. As a result, the clay was continually pushed and pinched prior to casting.

For the artist, Chas Fagan, he came alive right after the unveiling. He watched a woman walk right up to the statue, touch his hand, look up to his face and smile.

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