"Columbia" Flying Bald Eagle Sculpture
15.5" L x 19" W x 21.5" H
Bald Eagles were abundant when Europeans first arrived on this continent, but as the human population increased along with agricultural use of DDT, the nations Bald Eagle population started to plummet. In 1967 Bald Eagles were officially put on the endangered species list in all areas of the United States. With the banning of DDT and the work of untold numbers of volunteers, our National Symbol has fought its way back and was removed from the Endangered Species List in 1995. This beautiful bird not only represents overcoming adversity, it also represents Patriotism and the Freedom America stands for.
As the first piece in our Master Carver Series, this sculpture was an incredible project for Sam and Lilly Nottleman who spent over 600 hours researching, carving, and painting the original. Named in honor of the pilots and crew of the Columbia space shuttle “Columbia-Freedoms Symbol” it was also carved to commemorate the grand opening of the new National Eagle Center here in Wabasha, MN.