The Allies signed and numbered 'L.HOLOFCENER/7/7' (on the base of Churchill's jacket) bronze with a brown patina and wooden bench 183 cm. (72 in.) long Conceived in 1995
EXHIBITED: Palm Beach, Florida, Society of the Four Arts (another cast on permanent loan by the artist)
Lawrence Holofcener was born in Baltimore, Maryland, and has exhibited across the U.S.A. as well as in the U.K. The artist's sculpture frequently depicts famous individuals and in 1985 Laurence Olivier unveiled Holofcener's portrait, Faces of Olivier, at the Chichester Festival Theatre. Exactly ten years later H.R.H. The Princess Margaret unveiled a cast of his most famous work, The Allies, between Old and New Bond Street. Now a major London landmark, it was gifted to the City of Westminster by the Bond Street Association to commemorate fifty years of peace.
The Allies depicts Sir Winston Churchill and Franklin D. Roosevelt in relaxed conversation and is a fitting tribute to the celebrated politicians who together implemented the Atlantic Charter. The Charter was first issued in August 1941 and set goals for peace in the post-war world including freedom from fear and want and the abandonment of the use of force. Churchill and Roosevelt's bond secured a strong transatlantic partnership that enhanced international security and helps to explain the 'special relationship' that is frequently discussed today. In keeping with their principles, The Allies is an approachable sculpture with the space in between the two leaders open for us the viewer to occupy.