At A Glance
Made of a unique “Durana” bronze that gives the sculpture its warm golden hue
Each part of the “Eagle” was hand-assembled and each feather individually attached
In 2001, the “Eagle” was designated an historic object by the city’s Historical Commission
Created to represent Germany at the 1904 Louisiana Purchase Exposition in St. Louis, August Gaul’s Eagle is made of a unique “Durana” bronze that lends the sculpture its warm golden hue. Each part of the 2,500 pound Eagle was hand-assembled and each feather individually attached. It took skilled workmen five months to complete the monumental piece.
At the end of the fair, the sculpture was acquired by John Wanamaker for display in his store and has stood at that location (now Macy’s department store) ever since.
In 2001, the Eagle was designated a historic object by the city’s Historical Commission.
Adapted from Public Art in Philadelphia by Penny Balkin Bach (Temple University Press, Philadelphia, 1992).