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Pentagon takes the bronze

A bronze sculpture by Dickinson artist Linda Little is bound for the Pentagon. The nearly three-foot high piece depicting 11 soldiers amid a soaring bald eagle, called Guardians, was requested by the U.S. Department of Defense in August 2017 and ...

Dickinson sculptor Linda Little's three-foot high bronze statue, Guardians, will be displayed at the Pentagon by the end of December. The SDC helped to provide funds so it could be shipped this week. (Brandon L. Summers / The Dickinson Press)
Dickinson sculptor Linda Little's three-foot high bronze statue, Guardians, will be displayed at the Pentagon by the end of December. The SDC helped to provide funds so it could be shipped this week. (Brandon L. Summers / The Dickinson Press)
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A bronze sculpture by Dickinson artist Linda Little is bound for the Pentagon.

The nearly three-foot high piece depicting 11 soldiers amid a soaring bald eagle, called Guardians, was requested by the U.S. Department of Defense in August 2017 and completed as a donation.

At Tuesday's meeting of the Stark Development Corp. board, Little requested $500 to help with shipping costs.

"We are really thrilled about the project," Little told SDC board members. "It's being donated in honor of those who have served and sacrificed for our great nation, our selfless military heroes."

As a donation, Little is burdening the entire $38,000 cost of the project and roughly $1,100 for shipping.

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"As a 100 percent donation, I'm not receiving any compensation from the U.S. government," she explained.

SDC instead granted Little the complete shipping costs of $1,100.

The sculpture will be displayed on the second floor conference area of the Pentagon, Little said.

"There are 6,900 people who are employed there, who will walk by it at one time or another, and there are 100,000 visitors per year," she said. "It's pretty exciting."

Little explained that her husband is a veteran who has served two tours in Vietnam and one tour during Desert Storm.

Little's works include a sculpture completed for Dickinson's Veterans Memorial Park.

The sculpture bound for the Pentagon began two years ago with a chance encounter in Washington D.C., Little explained.

"My packet was sitting at Arlington Cemetery's desk," she said. "An official called and said, 'Literally there are tens of thousands of people who want in. It's not very likely that it's going to happen.'"

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Two weeks later, that changed with another call.

"She called back and said, 'There's a Pentagon official who walked by and happened to see your picture face up on my desk and he wants it there,'" Little said.

In August 2017, Little received called from USDOD curator requesting an art piece

An acrylic, airtight encasement, costing $5,000, was donated for the project.

Encasement takes about 60 days, and should be ready for display before 2019, Little said.

"It's considered a national artifact and will never be touched or dusted by anybody in the Washington community," she said.

The work should be shipped by the end of the week, Little said.

"It will arrive at the United States Pentagon dock, where it will sit for about a week to make sure there are no explosives or anthrax," she said. "They have machines that go through it. It's a pretty big deal."

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Contributing a work to the Pentagon has been an exciting experience, Little said.

"I literally signed paperwork that says my heirs have no right to it," she said. "So, at that point, I realized, my gosh, this is really cool."

SDC Board President T.J. Herauf applauded the achievement

"It's wonderful," Herauf said. "We're so proud as a community."

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