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It's time to restore Uncle Sam and his team

Nick Engelbert knew that American democracy had its challenges, chief among those the different political views of its citizens that found their expression in the two political parties. 

He created one of his most famous statues as a whimsical, good-humored recognition of those facts:  a resplendent red, white, and blue Uncle Sam has  the team of the Democrat Donkey and the Republican Elephant yoked together while he wonders how he can ever get this team to work together.

Of all Grandview’s art, the piece that most speaks to our time, Uncle Sam and his team is but a shadow of itself.  Sam, Donkey, and caption are gone leaving a forlorn Elephant.

It's time to restore Uncle Sam and his team .....

......and be reminded, in a most delightful fashion, how much hope and joy we can find in our neighbors and America.


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“Old Glory represents liberty, freedom, and the pursuit of happiness. It is sure none of the three can be found under any other banner.  I know, because I have looked for them all over the world, and I have never found anything worth having anywhere else.  If a man can't be happy on a little farm in Wisconsin he hasn't the makings of happiness in his soul.”

Nick Engelbert

Engelbert’s painting of his Uncle Sam tableau, from the collection of the John Michael Kohler Art Center.

Madison Capitol Times