10. Daughters of Peace
Benjamin Victor, SD
“A gift from God” is how Benjamin Victor describes his ability to create spectacular works of art. Benjamin joined the ranks of Michelangelo, Bernini, and French by receiving his first large commission at only 23 years old. At age 26, he became the youngest artist ever to have a sculpture in our Nation’s foremost collection, the National Statuary Hall in the United States Capitol. Nine years later he became the only living artist to have two works in Statuary Hall. Art critics and organizations, including the National Sculpture Society in New York City, continue to recognize the aesthetic and conceptual integrity of Benjamin’s artwork. His passion and drive clearly show in each of his unique and profound creations. With expressive features, exquisite detail, and thought-provoking content, the work of Benjamin Victor is sure to take its place among the great masterpieces of art history.
The two daughters show us the image of human nature at its best. Children are not naturally inclined to racial prejudice; they are shown sharing their dolls in a gesture of peace for a future we still hope for. The two mothers walk towards each other representing the need for effort from each generation as we near the goal of peace between all cultures. Thousands of beads and hand painting made this piece a particularly challenging undertaking.
Daughters of Peace can be purchased for $18,000.