I am writing to express my support for the life-size casting of the Bearing Project and its placement in our community. In a world where the cost of war is too often measured in dollars and cents, the Bearing Project serves as a sobering reminder of the myriad ways the devastation of war continues to penetrate peoples’ lives years after weapons have been laid down.

This sculpture honors the enduring suffering not only of soldiers, but of the loved ones that help to carry that weight when the fighting is over, even when the soldiers have passed on. The Bearing Project pays a special tribute to the sacrifice of the women who pick up the pieces and march on when hearts and minds have been shattered by war.

This sculpture captures the universality of the suffering and sacrifice of warfare, but it has special relevance to our own time and our own community. I am hopeful that this tribute to sacrifice will soon have a place in Spokane.

-Representative Marcus Riccelli



The public sculpture titled "Bearing" will be cast life-size in bronze.

Additional Statements

Please consider joining me in support of this beautiful and meaningful sculpture by Ildikó Kalapács. It’s destined to be a treasure for our city.

-Shannon Reeves Kapek


This is one of those great sculptures that delivers its message without explanation. It is beautifully complex while appearing very simple in its composition.

-Rick Davis


The Bearing Project is a poignant and timely reminder of the costs of war, and especially of the burden carried by women during and after wars.  

-Lindy Cater


"I believe there is no other public art project that has more merit than does the Bearing Project.  As a son of a Marine Corps veteran from the Korean War, I know of the weight of war upon a family. I was struck when I first saw the Bearing Project, how much it conveyed in graphic form, my family's experience." 

-Barton 'Bo' Cooke


The Bearing shows it as it is, the burden of war being carried by the peaceful and the innocent. In these days of international conflict and domestic violence, there cannot be enough reminders of the cost we humans pay for our aggression.

-Gabor Maté M.D.


An endorsement from Mr. Bassem Bejjani who serves on the WA State Arts Commission and the Spokane Symphony board:

"I am writing in support of the Bearing Project and its public placement in Spokane. This stunning life-size sculpture is a powerful reminder of the heavy burden of war on the civilian population, and especially on women who consistently suffer the most in armed conflicts.

The lazy and relaxed attitude of the armed fighter offers a disturbing contrast with the strong woman who, while suffering under his weight, courageously moves forward. This work also should remind us of the burden of war in our community. Too many young men and women are fighting in far-away lands, leaving mothers, sisters and daughters behind. These women carry the burden of war everywhere they go.

Finally, the work should remind us of the human cost of war, where fighters lose their humanity and often victimize the same people they purport to protect. Lest we forget, the heaviest cost of war is often what we don’t see."

-Bassem A. Bejjani, M.D.


The Bearing Project is a thought provoking sculpture that elicits reflection on war, and not only its overt costs, but also the hidden toll that is taken on by society with a special emphasis on the role of women. In a region whose fate is interdependent with our military community, it is important to have the presence of public art that will capture the enduring sacrifices of all and make us think intensely. I support this artwork being placed somewhere in our community that is touched deeply by military conflict such as the VA Hospital grounds.

-State Senator Lisa Brown

"The Bearing Project is a sorely needed public sculpture which would allow all of us to contemplate the aftermath of war and our responsibilities toward both veterans and civilians."

-Veterans for Peace, Chapter 35

"Bearing" makes a powerful statement about the burdens borne by societies, most especially women, because of war. Artist Ildikó Kalapács employs universal archetypes to prompt questions we should all be asking about the costs -- financial, emotional, and moral -- of institutionalized violence. The result, for the viewer, is compassion, not only for those who must shoulder the burdens imposed by war, but also for those sent to fight who, when they return home, are now so damaged that they must be carried.

-Sherry Jones, author

The Bearing Project goes beyond any other war memorial or statue. It causes us to consider its aftermath in a different way and, we can only hope, will give further reason for mankind to think very, very deeply before taking steps towards armed conflict. The idea of placing the sculpture on all continents is lofty, noble and worthy.

-Gerard Fischer, FACHE
Vice President, Providence Sacred
Heart Medical Center


I have known Ildikó and her work for many years. I feel that this will be a powerful sculpture with a poignant personal but universal message about the consequences of war, conflict and relationship.

-Karen Mobley

Ildikó Kalapács is a talented and socially committed artist. Her work is informed not only by her international experience and perspective, but also by a deep compassion for oppressed peoples. The Bearing Project is particularly thought-provoking. Its depiction of a heavily armed boy-soldier being borne in a head-basket by a woman who could well be his mother, and who is certain among his victims. The sculpture is a powerful reminder that inhumanity knows no borders, and that its defeat requires men and women of goodwill to respect, help and, most importantly, nurture hope in others. Doing so is the ultimate antidote to the poisons that kill us when hope is abandoned. We are proud to support the Bearing Public Sculpture Project as an important addition to Spokane's artscape and an important challenge to the world's heartscape.

-Shaun O'L. Higgins and Ann Glendening
Art advocates and art collectors


War is often glorified, and Bearing is one of too-few efforts to show the reality of the weight of war and upon whom its weight falls. War and violence have so many human, family, and community costs which are borne mostly silently by women. I hope this sculpture project will be able to be seen by many.

-Liz Moore, PJALS