Hecuba, queen of Troy sculpture unveiled
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Hecuba sculpture centerpiece of USC Village

Hecuba, queen of Troy sculpture unveiled

Sculptor Christopher Slatoff works on a full-scale model of Hecuba, queen of Troy, at his studio in Los Angeles.

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Hecuba, queen of Troy sculpture unveiled

Christopher Slatoff began shaping the vision of the Trojan queen in the winter of 2014. He pored over images, which he taped around his Lincoln Heights studio, and studied subtle differences in coloring and finish on Greek bronzes at the Getty.

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Hecuba, queen of Troy sculpture unveiled

Sculptor Christopher Slatoff brought in models to strike different poses, both regal and humble.

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Hecuba, queen of Troy sculpture unveiled

Sculptor Christopher Slatoff works on a 1/2 scale model of Hecuba, queen of Troy.

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Hecuba, queen of Troy sculpture unveiled

On the cylindrical base of what would be the 20-foot statue, USC President C.L. Max Nikias wanted Hecuba’s six daughters, modeled after women of Native American, Mayan, Mexican, Japanese, Chinese, African American, Middle Eastern and Caucasian descent.

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Hecuba, queen of Troy sculpture unveiled

Sculptor Christopher Slatoff works on a full scale model of the cylindrical base of what would be the 20-foot statue. Hecuba’s six daughters were modeled after women of Native American, Mayan, Mexican, Japanese, Chinese, African American, Middle Eastern and Caucasian descent, connected by an unfurling ribbon bearing the words Arts, Humanities, Science, Technology, Medicine, and Social Sciences. Hecuba’s face would be a blending of ancestry.

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Hecuba, queen of Troy sculpture unveiled

Artist Christopher Slatoff, left, and foundry workers Sonny del Toro, center, and Gaspar Sanchez Garcia, right, work on Hecuba at Artworks Foundry in Berkeley.

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Hecuba, queen of Troy sculpture unveiled

Patina specialist Karl Reichley works on the Hecuba statue for the USC Village at Artworks Foundry in Berkeley as the statue’s sculptor, Christopher Slatoff, looks on.

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Hecuba, queen of Troy sculpture unveiled

Workers specializing in lifting and mounting works of art unload and place Hecuba on her platform in the USC Village Plaza.

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Hecuba, queen of Troy sculpture unveiled

USC President C.L. Max Nikias, center, with sculptor Christopher Slatoff, right, discusses the placement of the statue of Hecuba, queen of Troy, at the new University Village on the USC campus.

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Hecuba, queen of Troy sculpture unveiled

Sculptor Christopher Slatoff makes some finishing touches on his sculpture of Hecuba, queen of Troy at the new University Village on the USC campus.

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Hecuba, queen of Troy sculpture unveiled

Workers positioning the sculpture of Hecuba, queen of Troy, at USC Village.

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