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 (1891 or 1892[specify] – August 31, 1971[2]) 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.[3] [4] [5]

Selected works[edit]


Related Writings[edit]

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


  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2010-06-23. Retrieved 2010-10-20.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link) Bureau of Reclamation: "Artwork"
  2. ^ a b Oskar Hansen, 79, ‘Liberty’ Sculptor, Obituary, New York Times, September 3, 1971.
  3. ^ a b Biography of Oskar J. W. Hansen (pakalahau.wordpress)
  4. ^ La Maison Eternelle—Oskar Hansen’s Pantops Home (Kris Bean. Ashcroft News. Vol. II, No. 3 September, 2007)
  5. ^ Oskar J. W. Hansen (liveauctioneers)
  6. ^ "Modernity and the Hoover Dam".
  7. ^ Historic Rand Tower (Paradigm)
  8. ^ Yorktown Victory Monument, Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museum[dead link]

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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