Oskar J. W. Hansen

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Memorial at Hoover Dam, commemorating 112 deaths during its construction. Inscription: They died to make the desert bloom[1]

Oskar J. W. Hansen (March 9, 1891 -September 1971) was a Norwegian-born, naturalized American sculptor. He is most associated with the design of many of the sculptures on and around the Hoover Dam.[2][3]


Oskar Johan Waldemar Hansen was born at Langenes in Øksnes, Nordland, Norway. Before coming to America, he served as a merchant seaman. He later served in the United States Army. In the late 1930s or early 1940’s, Hansen built a home and artists studio on property near Ashcroft outside Charlottesville, Virginia . [4] [5] [6]

Selected works[edit]


Winged Figures of the Republic - Nevada side of Hoover Dam 
Winged Figures of the Republic - Nevada side of Hoover Dam 
Wings - main lobby of the Rand Tower in Minneapolis, MN 

Related Writings[edit]

  • Beyond the Cherubim (1964)
  • Sculptures at Hoover Dam (1960)


Related Reading[edit]

  • Hiltzik, Michael (2010) Colossus: Hoover Dam and the Making of the American Century (New York: Simon and Schuster)ISBN 9781439181584

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