and Architect, Raymond Kaskey established Kaskey Studio in
1983 as an atelier to create and produce large scale civic
art. Though his early training was strictly modernist, he
soon reached back into history for inspiration. Drawing on
sources like the ancient Greeks and Renaissance masters he
reinterpretes classical themes and formal strategies to make
them relevant for todays society and audiences. By combining
continuity with the past with innovation and craft knowledge
the Kaskey Studio has produced a prominent body of public
of this process has been the creation of the architectural
sculptures for the National World War II Memorial on the Mall
in Washington, D.C. Prior to that his most famous work is
Portlandia, a 38-foot-high hammered copper sculpture
on the Portland Public Services Building in Portland, Oregon.
notable commissions include his bronze lions honoring fallen
officers at the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial
in Washington, D.C; the statue of Pierre de Coubertin at the
Olympic Centennial Park in Atlanta, Georgia; and the Gem
of the Lakes fountain and the cast stone ornament of
the Harold Washington Library, both in Chicago. Kaskey has
received numerous U.S. General Services Administration Art
in Architecture commisions in Courthouses around the country.
received several awards for these and projects. Kaskeys
work follows in the genius loci tradition drawing
their form, content and power from the particular historical,
cultural and social context of their setting.
Kaskey Studios has worked with Laran Bronze Foundry on many of his major projects including the WWII Memorial. Laran Bronze is a full service foundry offering, in addition to bronze casting, state of the art 3D scanning and enlarging.