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Monument to Memory


John Weidman, United States


John Weidman was born on January 25, 1943 in Whitewater, Wisconsin.  He was educated at Miami University, Oxford, Ohio, and Antioch College, Yellow Springs, Ohio. Additionally, in his pursuit of understanding the human form, he studied Anatomy and Dissection at Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts. John Weidman has continued to make artwork throughout his life and is a frequent participant of international sculpture symposia.  He is co-founder and Director of the Andres Institute of Art, a non-profit arts organization in Brookline, New Hampshire.

He has also served as the Artistic Director of the Nashua International Sculpture Symposium since its inception. John is the recipient of numerous awards, most recently the 2008 Forrest D. McKerley Award for Sculpture at the Currier Gallery’s 60th Annual Juried Exhibition. Please visit the Andres Institute website or John’s own website for more information.

Artist Vision

“We carry our memories, as they make us who we are.” 

The sculpture represents the notion that we carry our memory with us. Our experiences make us who we are, and our memory is with us: at times the not so memorable; and other times the memorable. We don’t always know what we want it to be. It is our Spirit that carries us through our life. As we cannot see the Spirit, we can see where it has been, and it tells us what we can do to make it better.

The shape is a metaphor for a figure, with the lumps, burdens, and joys of memory in the top of the head. The center area represents the spirit of the being freeing itself from the negative, making a positive reaction to the lessons of life.

The material is an alloy of copper, nickel, and steel. This material, sometimes called “Weathering Steel” will create a protective patina that will keep it from rusting, or oxidizing and falling apart. I often use this type of steel as it takes on a very natural color that is earthy.


In the Millyard, at the beginning of Pine Street Extension, right before the downtown entrance to the Broad Street Parkway.

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