William Alden Smith

303 Monroe Ave NW Grand Rapids

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William Alden Smith Sculpture: DeVos Place - Exit from the Grand Gallery towards the river 303 Monroe Ave. NW Grand Rapids, MI 49503

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On display outside DeVos Place, this bronze, seven-foot sculpture depicts William Alden Smith. As senator, he chaired a committee that investigated the sinking of the Titanic. Smith was also one of the few republican presidential candidates in 1916. This sculpture, created by Robert Eccleston, is made possible through the generosity of the Peter F. Secchia family. Their Grand Rapids Community Legends project began in 2008 to honor individuals known to have founded the culture and built our Grand Rapids community. The mission is to create sculptures of historical figures from the history of Grand Rapids. Robert Eccleston is a well-respected sculptor, a U.S. military veteran, and previously taught military mountaineering and survival skills to all branches of the U.S. Military as well as members of the British S.A.S. and the Australian and Canadian armies.

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