The Explorer from Jamestown's only got one arm!
September 9, 2007 9:55 AM Subscribe
A heroic sculpture of explorer Christopher Newport
posted by LarryC (61 comments total)
recently unveiled at the university of the same name is drawing criticism
because of the decision of the university and the sculptor to depict Newport with his right hand manfully resting on his unsheathed sword--even though he lost that arm two decades before the founding of Virginia. Sculptor Jon Hair ("AMERICA'S MOST HIGHLY COMMISSIONED MONUMENTAL SCULPTOR" according his website
) isn't winning any friends with his explanation of the blunder. "I wouldn't show an important historical figure like this with his arm cut off . . . We don't show our heroes maimed."
The irony is that Hair could have avoided what was surely an unintentional screwup with as little research as a visit to the Christopher Newport Wikipedia page
, which features an illustration of the hook-armed explorer.