How bronze sculpture became a symbol of the war on drugs
The bronze sculpture of a soldier wearing a cap, the symbol of war on the American streets, was once a symbol for the anti-war movement.
But as a sculpture, it became a potent symbol for drugs and was appropriated by both the drug industry and the military.
It was stolen and destroyed in an industrial accident.
Now a new, new museum in Washington, D.C., hopes to show the sculpture as a memorial to the man who created it, who is now in his 80s.
The sculpture of Sgt. Robert L. Walker, who served in the U.S. Army during World War II, was stolen by a man who took it from the National Art Museum in Washington.
The museum said Walker’s statue is now on display in the museum’s War Veterans Memorial and Veterans Plaza.
The National Art Foundation is donating the bronze statue to the Museum of the American Experience in Washington for use as a permanent exhibit.
More From NBCNews.com:The museum will also display a collection of other artifacts and a copy of the painting, titled, “In the Light of the Stars: Sgt. Walker.”
Walker’s bronze sculpture was stolen during an industrial disaster in 1931.
The painting is the work of artist and painter Robert Landon, who had been commissioned to make the painting.
Landon painted the portrait on a canvas and then removed the canvas and the image of Walker.
“When the canvas was removed, the image was completely obscured by dust,” museum curator Richard J. Smith said in a statement.
“It was the same as when a piece of painting that had been in the family would be moved to a new home, or a painting that was stored away would be brought back into the family’s home.”
The U.N. Security Council condemned the theft of Walker’s painting in 2002, saying the destruction of the artwork “could amount to crimes against humanity.”
In 2009, Walker’s likeness was placed in a plaque in the United Nations’ Security Council gallery and placed on display at the U (United States) National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington’s National Mall.
Landon had been a regular visitor to the United States, visiting museums and visiting with his family, according to the museum.
The family had moved to the U-M residence in the early 1950s.
Smith said the museum had been working to purchase the Walker’s sculpture since 2010.
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