Own a piece of history with this replica of the world-famous bust of President John F. Kennedy. The original, by American sculptor Robert Berks, presides over the Grand Foyer in the Kennedy Center.
This statue measures 14" with its base; the bust stands 10.5."
American sculptor Robert Berks' monumental eight-foot head of President Kennedy was dedicated in 1971 at the opening of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and is the visual symbol of the nation's living memorial to the late president.
Robert Berks has created more than three hundred portraits in bronze and more than a dozen monuments. His public works honor a broad cross-section of human achievement: science, government and politics, art and entertainment, labor and industry, and humanitarianism. Thirteen of Berks' works will be found through out Washington, DC.
Robert Berks was born April 26, 1922, in Boston, Massachusetts. His parents, both artists, were leading restorers of Early American arts and crafts and Berks' training as an artist was part of his daily routine. He studied at the Museum School of the Boston Museum of Fine Arts and augmented his studies by training in pattern making and tool-and-die making. As war approached, Berks worked in the shipyards in Rhode Island, designing and building the keels of wooden mine sweepers. He spent the next four years crafting thermocouples in the Mallinkrodt Laboratory at Harvard. After the war, Berks resumed painting and sculpture. In addition, he taught anthropological portrait sculpture to orthodontists at Tufts University.
In October 1994, the National Endowment for the Arts honored Robert Berks as an Ambassador for the Arts.