artwork Peter Fagan Sculpture


Mayor Richard J. Daley

life size

Commissioned by the State of Illinois to create a life size bronze full figure sculpture of the late Mayor Richard J. Daley.

The commission was decided on the basis of a statewide invitational competition from which two finalists were chosen to make models for the proposed sculpture. A one-third life size model, as well as a life size head study, was made by each of the finalists.

Final selection was made by a special advisory committee which included, among others, current Chicago Mayor, Richard M. Daley.

The memorial statue was completed in 1980, and was dedicated and installed in the Illinois State Capitol Rotunda on June 23, 1981.

bronze sculpture with Keith and Rebecca Fagan
bronze maquette

bronze head study

work in progress at the foundry