American Spirit of the Common Man

American Spirit of the Common ManDedicated September 11, 2003
In front of the Scott County Administrative Center

About the Sculpture
"American Spirit of the Common Man"

The flame represents those Americans who have given their lives and will not be forgotten. As he picks up the flame from the ground, destruction is transformed into action, honor, and remembrance. He faces East towards New York, the Statue of Liberty, and the morning sun, symbols of hope, promise, and a new day.

The sculpture symbolized the courage of the American Spirit, which bravely faces adversity with patience, wisdom, and a determination to succeed. This memorial honors all citizens who lost their lives simply as a result of being American.

Artist Statement

"As an artist who has been creating works of art for many years, there are aspects of my pieces which are apparent. Realism has long been an element of my work, but realism alone has never been the point of any sculpture that I have made. In some sculptures, it is the emotion of a specific moment that am trying to capture. Other pieces have an emphasis on imagination, design, and a strong sense of aesthetics. It is always my aim to create something that is both interesting to the mind and pleasing to the eye."

About the Artist

David Zahn and the American Spirit of the Common ManDavid Zahn is a Chicago area native who moved to the Quad Cities in 1990. David and his wife have three sons. David has always had a strong interest in art, and during high school discovered that art would be a major influence on his life.

David has taken classes in figure drawing at the American Academy of Art in Chicago, and has also studied figure sculpture and bronze casting at the Art Institute of Chicago. At age 25, David decided to pursue a degree in art and education. During his education at Northeastern Illinois University, he took his first ceramics course. It was here that the human figure began to appear in his work.

David teaches drawing and painting at Moline High School. He has had art work featured in gallery shows, public art displays, and local and out-of-state art fairs.

Since 1995, David has done works for several public and private organizations in addition to selling his work to private individuals.