Gift of Raymond Kaskey
Donated in 2013
Sculptor and architect Raymond Kaskey has spent much of his career designing public art for civic buildings and memorials. Kaskey is best known for his representational figurative work; large-scale, sculpture that looks to classical mythology and allegory for inspiration. His most famous projects include “Portlandia” a 38-foot high hammered copper sculpture that sits on the Portland Public Services Building in Portland, Oregon and the architectural sculptures for the National World War II Memorial in Washington, DC.
Other notable commissions include his bronze lions honoring fallen officers at the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington, D.C; the corner markers for the National Building Museum, and the “Gem of the Lakes” fountain and the cast stone ornament of the Harold Washington Library (both in Chicago). Kaskey received numerous U.S. General Services Administration Art in Architecture commissions for courthouses around the country.
In 2013 Kaskey donated his archives to the Museum. The collection contains 380 objects and maquettes, 490 drawings, thousands of photographs, and 7 cubic feet of documents. Highlights from the Raymond Kaskey Collection are on view in the Museum’s exhibition, Cool & Collected.