A Dickinson, ND artist’s work is not only getting recognized by her local community, but it is now catching the eye of officials in Washington, D.C.
Linda Little, who has been sculpting for more than 20 years, is known for her work in Dickinson, for projects like the Veterans Memorial in 2016.
For the last two years she has been sculpting a piece called “Guardians” in support of American soldiers.
The sculpture depicts a group of American soldiers being protected by the wing of an American bald eagle.
Little said her inspiration for the project came from the church she attends, when the congregation started praying for a group of soldiers whose picture was displayed on a big screen in front of them. .
She said the sculpture is 33 inches in height and 33 inches wide, and it is about $38,000 in value.
Little said the piece was not commissioned and money was raised through private donations.
The piece was originally intended to be donated and displayed at the Arlington National Cemetery, but Little was recently informed by a Arlington Cemetery staffer that a Pentagon official requested that the piece be placed on the second floor of the Mark Center Conference Center at the Pentagon.
“Women cry when they are emotional. . . . I cried so hard I couldn’t speak, ” said Little.
Little said she hopes her art will be on display at the Pentagon sometime in the beginning of November in time for Veterans Day.
The sculpture is currently being bronzed in Colorado.