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Art Competitions at the 1932 Los Angeles Summer Games:

Mixed Sculpturing, Medals And Reliefs

Art Competitions at the 1932 Summer Games: Previous Summer Games

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Host City: Los Angeles, United States
Venue(s): Los Angeles Museum of History, Science and Art, Los Angeles, California
Date Started: July 30, 1932
Date Finished: August 14, 1932

Gold: POL Józef Klukowski
Silver: USA Frederick MacMonnies
Bronze: CAN Tait McKenzie

Summary

Overall, 144 participants from 16 countries with 300 exhibits participated in the sculpture competition. There were two groups of entries\: Reliefs and Medals and Sculptors Works (free-standing figures). The jury for sculpture consisted of the people Haig Patigan (1876-1950), San Francisco; Lloyd La Page Rollins (1890-1970), San Francisco; Henry Hering (1874-1949), New York; and Salvatore Cartaino "SC" Scarpitta (1887-1948), Hollywood; all well-known sculptors and art historians in the United States. Also on the jury was the Swedish sculptor Carl Milles (1875-1955).

The gold medal was presented to Polish medalist Józef Klukowski for his Sport Sculpture II. He also won a silver medal for Soccer player at the 1936 Art Competitions in Berlin. In 1944 he was killed during transport between concentration camps, when he was being moved from Mauthausen to Bergen-Belsen. His badge was presented to the champion Polish ski jumper Stanisław Marusarz the same year, whose father preserved it after World War II. At an exhibition at the Museum of Sport and Tourism at Warszawa in 2000-01 the badge was re-discovered, as Marusarz' trophies were displayed.

US silver medal winner Frederick MacMonnies ( Lindbergh Medal ) later married Alice Jones, sister of tennis players Marion and Georgina Jones who took part in the 1900 Paris Games.

The bronze medal was won by Canadian Tait McKenzie, the only art Olympian to take part in five Olympic Games 1912-48. His Shield of the Athletes was only one of 44 works he submitted to the Los Angeles Art Competitions. He was a Canadian-born American, who after World War I specialized in the care and rehabilitation of severely wounded soldiers, and earned honors in the Canadian and American Scout Movement. During his medical studies at McGill University in Montréal, McKenzie was known as a versatile athlete.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal Title
1 Józef Klukowski 37 Poland POL Gold Sport Scuplture II
2 Frederick MacMonnies 68 United States USA Silver Lindbergh Medal
3 Tait McKenzie 65 Canada CAN Bronze Shield of the Athletes