Monuments man

“Bronze is a sensual, living material. The sweat and oil of your palms adds to the patination…

Peter Marino

Rayner George Hoff was of Dutch descent, but British born. He fought in the trenches of WW1. Later he became a master map maker, using early RAF aerial photos. After the war he used his artistic skills to capture the sacrifice of war and honour those who did not return. Trained at the Royal College of Arts, London, he was appointed director of sculpture and drawing at the East Sydney Technical College in 1923. His classical art deco style became the face of Australian WWI memorials. His break through was the National War Memorial in Adelaide, leading to a commission for his masterpiece, the Sydney ANZAC Memorial. Above he is seen with the centrepiece sculpture Sacrifice. His legacy also includes the 1928 Lion and Stone symbol for the Holden Car Company. #checkoutnorthterrace #letsmakelemonade

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