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holds a special meaning for

Cliff Fragua, who has two fam-

ily members listed there that

were killed during the war.

“It’s difficult because it’s per-

sonal for me,” Cliff says.

“When I worked on this sculp-

ture, there were a lot of per-

sonal emotions involved.”

Much of the work on this spe-

cial sculpture was done by Cliff

at our Scottsdale gallery where

he created the maquette (a

small scale rendition), that was

ultimately cast into the six-foot

bronze that stands guard over

the memorial today.

The bronze sculpture is a sol-

dier in mourning, positioning a

rifle, helmet and boots in tribute

to a fallen friend.

Created by Cliff Fragua, it

stands in Bernalillo, New Mex-

ico in memory of those that

sacrificed their lives in Viet-

nam.

The memorial, which was un-

veiled on Memorial Day, 2007

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Volume 4, Issue 3

Page 3

F

AVORITE

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LACES

: “T” S

HAPED

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OORWAYS

Visit the old places on the dry

arid Colorado plateau, and you

will be breath-taken by the ar-

chitecture of ancient civiliza-

tion.

A fascinating characteristic of

many of the old places is the

“T” shaped doorway. What

were they for? Why were they

made that way? What did they

mean?

We recently heard of a story

told by an old Hopi man who

believed that he had the

answer to an age old mystery.

Of all things important, water

heads the list in this dry land.

The mountains are the source

of the water, from snowmelt

and from the storms that gather

around the high peaks to

unload their bounty.

Much of that liquid bounty

enters the ground, filling water

tables and aquifers, but leaving

the ground dry and parched.

The result is that precious water

has collected into underground

lakes throughout the region.

According to the elder Hopi,

the “T” shaped doorways repre-

sent a mountain underground

that takes the water from the

surface and into the under

world lakes through its inverted

peak.

Hopi people have learned much

about water over the millen-

nia...how to find water, how to

use water and how to conserve

water. Perhaps what the old

Hopi man says it absolutely

correct.

And, perhaps that is the reason

for the “T” shaped doorways.

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Cliff Fragua at the Vietnam War Memorial,

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