Broken Arrow Artist Begins Work On Statue For Korean War Veterans


Monday, October 4th 2021, 5:07 pm
By: Matt Rahn


TULSA, Oklahoma -

Work is underway in Broken Arrow to create a sculpture to honor Korean War veterans.

David Nunneley has done countless sculptures over a 20-year career, but he says his latest project has a greater significance.

"Military subjects are more important, because there's a real history behind each one of them and there's a story behind them, and I feel like it’s really important that I get that story right," Nunneley said.

He says a lot of research goes into getting every detail right.

"I rely a great deal on photographs and pictures from actual combat soldiers as you can see here, and that's my reference material and then I read about the particular battles they were in and the history of that particular conflict," he said.

David's statue will eventually end up in Broken Arrow's Veterans Park where some of his work is already displayed.

The city has worked with David several times before and commissioned this latest work to go alongside a memorial he did back in 2005, honoring all American patriots.

"This is kind of that last piece to complete each war and to be able to recognize the history that our country has been through, and the freedoms that we have now are because of each and every one of the wars that are represented there in the Veteran's Park," Broken Arrow Mayor Debra Wimpee said.

She says the city tries hard to honor veterans in the community.

"Broken Arrow is definitely the home of so many veterans and we want to make sure that they know how much we appreciate all of their efforts and their sacrifices."

The final statue will stand over 6 feet tall and weigh about 800 pounds. It's expected to be finished about this time next year.