Tea party to honor fallen SEALs Chris Kyle, those at Benghazi with sculptures
Sharply crafted images tell the stories of the fallen
They loom over him, brandishing their weapons, their gaze steady. The sculptor can feel the presence of the heroes he honors in clay and bronze, U.S. Navy SEALs all.
And all of them gone.
“I am an intuitive artist. I believe and I feel that their spirits are in the room when I am working, and that they’re helping me finish that work,” said Greg Marra, a Florida sculptor who is a man on a mission. He is determined to tell the stories of fallen American warriors.
“I know it sounds crazy, but I feel their presence. That’s what happens when you’re creating a life-sized image of someone.”
Mr. Marra has focused attention on Chris Kyle — a SEAL sniper who was gunned down this year on a Texas shooting range — along with Glen Doherty and Tyrone Woods, former SEALs killed during the 2012 terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya. Also on the ever-expanding list of subjects: Adam Brown, who died in a 2010 battle with Afghan militants, and SEAL Team 6. Mr. Marra intends to immortalize those who took out Osama bin Laden and has picked “Payback” as the title for the grouping.
It’s demanding work that requires vision as well as muscle. The artist has produced a 6-foot-3-inch statue of Kyle in bronze and is working on a second version, making good use of the rare crafting and casting techniques he learned in the U.S. and abroad. The forms of Doherty and Woods exemplify valor, the artist said. The rugged, preliminary study of Brown uses a crucifix as a centerpiece.
“I think these men would understand why I am doing this. These sculptures are meant to honor every veteran, every serviceman or servicewoman. I focus on American excellence, and my mission is to make sure that we remember what these people did, and what heroes they are,” Mr. Marra said.
Florida sculptor Greg Marra is honoring sniper Chris Kyle among other veterans.
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