Victory! - Union Square, San Francisco, California
At the top of the dewey monument in Union Square, San Francisco is the female figure of Victory. She wears a helmet and a long, classically styled gown. In her proper left hand she holds up a trident. In her proper right hand she holds a wreath. Her feet are bare and her proper right foot rests on a sphere. The bronze figure stands atop a tall granite column. The top of the column is ornately decorated with high relief carving. The round column ends in a squared base. The base ends in multiple steps and may originally have been flanked by four bronze bears, symbol of California.
The sculpture and memorial were installed to commemorate Commodore Dewey's victory over the Spanish fleet in the Phillippines. Groundbreaking for the memorial was attended by President McKinley on May 23, 1901. Atiken modeled the statuary and Maddock modelled the column's capitol. The memorial was dedicated by President Roosevelt on May 14, 1903. Cost of the monument was $35,537.51. In the early 1940's, the monument was temporarily removed during construction of an underground parking lot. The monument was relocated to the same site in 1942. Pflueger served as architect during the relocation."
The text: "Erected by the citizens of San Francisco to commemorate the victory of the American Navy under Commodore George Dewey at Manila Bay May First MDCCCXCVIII • On May Twenty Third MCMI the ground for this monument was broken by President William McKinley"