Porcu Studio Inc. copyright 2009

Nathan Hale
Statue Description Statement
Frank Porcu
The past, present and future Nathan Hale is best represented in this three figure composition.  Unlike most
representations of this revolutionary man, this one illustrates the young Connecticut schoolmaster, eager to
prove his allegiance to any noble public service and new born country.

As an early, strong proponent of women’s rights, Nathan is seen escorting one of his female students from
the Union schoolhouse.  Though it was rare for females to attend school, Hale offered classes for young
women each morning.  He is holding her hand to comfort her as he explains how colonists should be prepared
to give up their lives to God and country.

The 10 year old boy seated on the right, with hunting rifle across his lap suggests the typical ill equipped
soldier of General Washington’s army. Gazing up at his mentor, the boy is inspired and is ready like many of
his fellow New London residents to volunteer and fight against the King for their rights.

This statue is a total historical experience, almost like visiting a living colonial museum., inviting the viewers
to be transported through time to join this group of patriots.  At this pivotal point in our nation’s history and
Hale’s life, Nathan is quoted as saying

 “Let us march immediately and never lay down our arms until we obtain our independence”

This is known to possibly be the first time a colonist had mentioned independence.

There is a rope weaving from the back of the statue to the front and then falling over the edge of the platform.  
A prevailing superstition of those times was that if one had a mole on their neck, like Hale did, their lives
would end at the gallows.   By including this symbol of Nathan’s eventual fate, this rope weaves from Hale’s
past, through the “present moment” where he steps on the rope connecting Hale to his mortality.  He lived his
life in a shadow of the gallows.

This portrayal of Nathan Hale would educate future generations about the true Nathan Hale, not just a
condemned prisoner as he is most often remembered.  This scene will represent Hale as a great Connecticut
resident, an early colonial, schoolmaster, patriot, soldier, spy and lastly, unfortunate martyr.