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Fort Christina Monument

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1937–1938, Carl Milles, sculptor

Milles (active at Cranbrook Academy of Art, Michigan) created an Art Deco monument of black Swedish granite from two quarries. A stylized ship and wave stands atop a curve-faced column on which scenes from New Sweden are depicted. Per A. Palm, the carver who worked from Milles's model, supervised the installation of the thirty pieces of granite, with lead beneath each section. The ship carving alone weighs 7.5 tons. A time capsule was embedded in the base.

Writing Credits

W. Barksdale Maynard


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W. Barksdale Maynard, "Fort Christina Monument", [Wilmington, Delaware], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Cover: Buildings of Delaware

Buildings of Delaware, W. Barksdale Maynard. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2008, 88-88.

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