|Larry Halbert, Project Sculptor
Larry Halbert has worked in southeast Michigan for over 40 years. As a public artist, his work is primarily figurative and ranges in expression from representational to abstract. Raised in a professional studio environment, there he learned the skills needed to make art from his father and other artists. The Michigan World War II Legacy Memorial project has a personal connection for him. “My father served in the US Army in Europe and it’s to him that I owe my ability to produce work.” He has worked with many civic and community organizations to develop the creative ideas that form the basis to bring the project to life. He produces his work at his studio in Detroit that is well equipped to handle large scale sculpture projects.
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|Michael J. Gordon, RA, Architect
Michael J. Gordon, RA holds a Bachelor of Science in Architecture and a Masters of Architecture from The University of Michigan. He established his own firm in 1990 after working in several well-recognized mid-sized firms in the Detroit area. In 1992, he merged his practice to form Moiseev/Gordon Associates, Inc., relocating from Ferndale to Royal Oak, where the firm remains today.
Mr. Gordon has been an active member of the Royal Oak Chamber of Commerce, currently serving on its Board of Directors. He is also active in the Michigan Association of Home Builders, and his years of service were recognized in 2005 when he was awarded with both the Distinguished Service in Architecture Award and the Distinguised Service to the Remodeling Industry Award. He has received a number of design awards and has been a guest speaker at Lawrence Technological University, University of Detroit and The University of Michigan. He is also the president of the St. Andrew’s Society of Detroit.
Mr. Gordon, whose father was a veteran, has provided incredible leadership and vision on the project. In designing the memorial, his inspiration has been what he feels is the importance of honoring our veterans and creating a space of celebration so that this space has purpose, because what the veterans fought and died for, as well as the sacrifices made at home, was the freedom for us to enjoy the lives we have both today and into the future.
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|Michael J. Hall, General Contractor
Michael J. Hall, of Gordon B. Hall & Sons Inc. has worked in the metropolitan Detroit area for over 30 years. As a builder, designer, artist and author, he has been able to use his creative eye and builder’s knowledge to assist his clients in achieving their dreams. Michael is the third generation of his family to run the building business his grandfather established in 1922. The Michigan WWII Legacy project is of a personal interest to him also. “During WWII, my father served in the Navy, and two of my uncles served in the Army and Air Corps. Working on this memorial project is a once in a lifetime opportunity, honoring the past, as it has affected the present and future of Michigan and the world.”
The sacrifice, service and commitment of the past, gives today its opportunity to have a future.