10th Special Forces Group (Airborne) Custom Military bronze memorial

10TH special Forces Group by austin weishel
10TH special Forces Group by austin weishel

10th Special Forces Group (Airborne) 

It was a profound honor to be invited to Memorial Day. The Monument, a creation that holds such deep personal significance for me, is now cherished by so many. Its role in the ceremony of honoring those who have fallen, not only on Memorial Day but every day, is a testament to its emotional significance.

Seeing the Monument in person again after 2 years of completion and installation brought back many great memories of the creation process. 

Hidden elements in the bronze statue

The sculpture holds so many hidden elements, making it more than just a piece of art. Many of these details can not immediately be seen but reveal themselves upon closer inspection. The Trojan horse is 10 feet tall, and the base is 10 inches tall, representing the 10th Special Forced Group. 15 Gold Star family fingerprints can be found throughout the sculpture. A secret compartment opens up to store time capsules put together by loved ones of their fallen soldiers. The wheel diameter is 19.52″, symbolizing the founding year 1952. The wheels are 12″ thick, representing a 12-man SFOD-A team. Creating the foundation of the horse, the base circumference is 24 feet, representing two 12-man SFOD-A teams.  On the horse’s chests, you will find 72 rivets representing six 12-man SFOD-A teams, the nucleus of an SF company, and one rivet stored inside the horse representing a fallen soldier. 

Fort Carson, Colorado

Returning to Fort Carson to attend Memorial Day, I was able to see what an impact this memorial has on others was indeed something I will never forget. To see the fingerprints preserved with the same detail as when first cast gave me great joy. To this day, I still think about what an honor it was to have members of the 10th Special Forces Group and Gold Star family members physically help sculpt this Monument out of clay in my studio. I can still picture the rivet broken off in the studio during the clay stage by a group of SF soldiers. To witness the hidden compartment continue to hold time capsules of the fallen and watch eight more get added this year was very emotional. 

I am deeply grateful to have been chosen to create The Trojan Horse monument for the 10th Special Forces Group (Airborne). The memories of the creation process and the privilege of working with such remarkable individuals on this unique sculpture are treasures I will always hold dear. The bond we formed, the sense of family and friendship, is a gift I will forever cherish.

– Austin Weishel

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