Historic sculptor Gary Casteel will be the featured speaker at the monthly meeting of the York Civil War Round Table on Wednesday, March 19, 2014 at 7 p.m. The presentation topic of the evening will be “Civil War Monumentation and the National Civil War Memorial.” The meeting will be held in the auditorium of the York County Heritage Trust at 250 E. Market St. in downtown York, Pennsylvania. The presentation is free to the public and everyone is welcome.
Nationally recognized sculptor Gary Casteel will present a short history of past Civil War monumentation on various battlefields. Who erected them and why. The challenges, triumphs and rewards of honoring others with monuments. Then on to the National Civil War Memorial, why, when and where. All of this wrapped around the life of a sculptor. Why did he chose this path in life and what have been and are his challenges today. Gary believes that those who attend will walk away with a completely different appreciation for sculptors and battlefield monuments than before the presentation
Gary Casteel is a nationally recognized historic sculptor who was born in West Virginia. After high school, his love of the Renaissance period in art led him to study stone cutting under the direction of Italian marble carvers in Pietrasanta, Italy. After which, he furthered his studies by working in clay and in a foundry to better understand the process of bronze casting. With his keen interest in history, he enjoys researching an individual or event, then interpreting it into an art piece.
With major commissions including the Gen. James Longstreet Memorial in the Gettysburg National Military Park, the Kentucky State Memorial in the Vicksburg National Military Park and the 90th Pennsylvania Inf. Monument at Antietam National Military Park, just to mention a few, it is no wonder that Gary has been commissioned to create public art pieces for major cityscapes and is sought after by private collectors for individual works.
Gary continues to accept private commissions while working on his dream project, “The National Civil War Memorial.”
Gary, his wife Leslie, daughter Lydia Mae, together with two “tick” hounds, reside in Gettysburg, Pa.