Pennsylvania Railroad War Memorial
1950 by Walker Hancock
Dedicated to Pennsylvania Railroad employees who died in World War II, Walker Hancock’s monument does far more than honor one company’s personnel. Set against the tall columns of 30th Street Station, the sculpture transcends time and place. A looming bronze figure of the archangel Michael gently raises a dead soldier from the flames of war. With Michael’s wings reaching toward the heavens, the work’s intensely vertical shape reinforces its theme. You may remember this sculpture from the film Witness.
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