Winged Refuge at the Colorado Springs Air Force Academy

Artist John Lajba came to Zahner with a machined cast-bronze model in-hand, which was used to accurately define the art fabrication of the commissioned monument to the United States Air Force.

Winged Refuge was manufactured using a semi-mirror stainless steel surface. The connection edges include both TIG-welded corners, as well as broken edges with Radius Reduction for the sharpest possible corner and edge connections. The two sculptures were fabricated in the Zahner shop, wrapped in blue-plastic netto, and shipped to the job site where each sculpture bolted into a raised stone section. The stone and concrete contractors then completed the rest of the ground surface.

Winged Refuge Sculpture at the Air Force Academy at Colorado Springs, by artist John Lajba.
Winged Refuge Sculpture at the Air Force Academy at Colorado Springs, by artist John Lajba.
Photograph of John Lajba with his Winged Refuge Sculpture Model.
Photograph of John Lajba with his Winged Refuge Sculpture Model.
Winged Refuge Sculpture at the Air Force Academy at Colorado Springs, by artist John Lajba.
Winged Refuge Sculpture at the Air Force Academy at Colorado Springs, by artist John Lajba.
Winged Refuge Sculpture at the Air Force Academy at Colorado Springs, by artist John Lajba.
Winged Refuge Sculpture at the Air Force Academy at Colorado Springs, by artist John Lajba.
Winged Refuge Sculpture at the Air Force Academy at Colorado Springs, by artist John Lajba.
Winged Refuge Sculpture at the Air Force Academy at Colorado Springs, by artist John Lajba.
Winged Refuge Sculpture at the Air Force Academy at Colorado Springs, by artist John Lajba.
Winged Refuge Sculpture at the Air Force Academy at Colorado Springs, by artist John Lajba.
Winged Refuge Sculpture at the Air Force Academy at Colorado Springs, by artist John Lajba.
Winged Refuge Sculpture at the Air Force Academy at Colorado Springs, by artist John Lajba.