Friday, April 18, 2014

Tommy Trojan by De'Andre Cleaver

Tommy Trojan is a statue located in the middle of the University of Southern California campus. The Trojan Shrine was sculpted by Roger Noble Burnham. Constructed of bronze and stone, this figure stands over fifteen feet in height; however, a majority of its size is found in the stone base of the statue. It’s sculpted in the image of a Troy warrior, possessing youth, and a god-like physique. He has a broad chest, with tones biceps, shoulders, and abdominal section. His strong calves are on display as his left leg sits at the pinnacle of what appears to be four wooden steps. Yielding a small symmetrical shield, and a short sword, this Trojan is ready to fight.

This image is found at the core of the University making this the focal point on the campus with its tall stature and great color. This piece is geared towards the male gaze. Its young athletic body shows male onlookers the ideal male body similar to the Kouros, a sculptor designed by the Romans to give tribute to the dead, and which depicted the preferable male figure. The meaning of this sculptures construction is to install pride and a fighting spirit, both of which are associated with men more than women. Also, Trojan soldiers are known for wearing body armor when going into battle, yet this statue is half clothed; either to exhibit courage, or to display his muscular form. Finally, the symbol of the statue is a demonstration for the students to be ready to fight, to be of good courage, and to be strong. . 

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