“The Winner” at the Museum entrance was given in honor of the children and families who love and enjoy the Virginia Living Museum. It was a gift in July 2010 from long-time supporters Harry and Judy Wason and the sculptor Glenna Goodacre.
The sculpture is a 6-foot-tall boy with his arms outstretched. It is referred to by staff and volunteers as “The Bronze Boy.”
Considered by many to be “America’s Sculptor,” Glenna Goodacre’s work can be seen in countless public, private, municipal and museum collections, Her bronze sculptures are immediately recognizable for their lively expression and texture, and for their intriguing composition. Her work captures an essence of humanity that reaches out, touches us and draws us to it. “People can walk up and touch it,” she says. “They want to look in the eyes. They want to think about it or smile.”
Goodacre’s career as an artist spans more than 40 years. Her most well-known work is the Vietnam Women’s Memorial installed in Washington, D.C. in 1993. The Irish Famine Memorial, installed in Philadelphia in 2003, is her most ambitious public sculpture, with 35 life-size figures. Her rendering of Sacagawea graces the dollar coin.