Aisne Marne Cemetery: Main Gates

 
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Aisne Marne main gates (before Cram and Ferguson Architect redesign)

 Later in history the American Battlefield Monument Commission proceeded with redesigning the existing War Department cemeteries with memorial chapels and other features and constructing a series of monuments starting in the mid-1920s and continuing into the 1930s.  Under the direction of ABMC consulting architect Paul P. Cret,  the Boston firm of Cram & Ferguson was given the commission for designing the Chapel, new entrance gates, new Visitor Building and Staff Quarters, and a revised site plan for Aisne-Marne Cemetery.  Construction took place starting in 1929 with the chapel and then new reception and quarters buildings and landscape improvements.
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Aisne Marne Entrance Gates (Present)

During this weeks I’ve been drawing the Front, Back and Left elevations for the Main Gates. It was very challenging and entertaining doing this drawings because of the amount of details that are carved in the stone are AMAZING! Starting with the Eagle on both entrances and going down onto the Lettering and Iron work. To be able to fully achieve these level of details I had to use my sketching skills and a 3d model made out of pictures just to figure out how are these details are supposed to be drawn. Here are some examples of the details and sketches:

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 And finally using all these resources, I manage to do make this drawings possible:
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Go to this link to take a look at the 3D Photogrammetry model:    https://sketchfab.com/models/e4b1a619eaf948cb9640947b5143c5e3
credits to HALS Report No. US-1, Aisne-Marne American Cemetery & Memorial.
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