Born in Germany, Adolph Alexander Weinman immigrated to the United States with his mother when he was 10. As a young man, he studied at the Art Students League under the premiere American sculptor of the time, Augustus Saint-Gaudens. His first professional acclaim came in 1904 with The Destiny of the Red Man, featured that year at the Louisiana Purchase Exposition in St. Louis and currently on display on our grounds. Weinman came to specialize in architectural sculpture, as in Rising Sun and its companion piece, Descending Night, both of which were commissioned by the architectural firm of McKim, Mead and White to top fountain columns they had created for the Panama-Pacific International Exposition of 1915 in San Francisco. Creating in the art nouveau style to complement the architecture, Weinman originally designed the original pieces at three-quarter life-size, producing these popular smaller casts after the closing of the exposition.