JFK bust just one example of Berks’ excellence

My favorite sculptor around town is Robert Berks, which saddens to think we never met before he died in 2011. But, as they say, his work lives on.

My favorite Berks’ work among 17 in the Washington area is his eight-foot bronze bust in the Grand Foyer of the Opera House at the John F. Kennedy Center. The 3,000-pound tribute to our slain 35th president is part of a living memorial the center provides. There are audiovisual exhibits on both sides detailing Kennedy’s career.

Berks also created the Robert F. Kennedy bust in front of RFK Stadium. It’s a little smaller, but still in the same sticky bronze style of his brother’s bust. Same goes for the massive Albert Einstein statue along 22nd at Constitution Ave. N.W., Mary McLeod Bethune Emancipation Centennial Monument in Lincoln Park and the Abraham Lincoln bust on loan to Ford’s Theater. They’re all magnificent pieces.

According to Robert Berks Studios, Berks’ pieces around town include Albert Einstein (Smithsonian Institution), Dr. Philip Handler (National Academy of Sciences), Franklin D. Roosevelt (National Archives), Pope Paul VI (National Portrait Gallery), General William Westmoreland (National Portrait Gallery), Johnny Carson (National Portrait Gallery), Robert F. Kennedy (Department of Justice), Ramsey Clark – painting – (Department of Justice), David Dubinsky (Department of Labor), George Meany – monument maquette -(Department of Labor), John Fogarty (Fogarty Health Center, National Institute of Health), Lister Hill (National Institute of Health) and James. V. Kimsey (AOL Foundation).

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