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Sculptor Lindsay Daen Dies

May 1, 2001
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SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) -- Lindsay Daen, whose elegant, elongated sculptures grace monuments, museums and private collections from his adopted Puerto Rico to Europe and Australia, has died. He was 78.

Daen died on April 24 of cancer in Sarasota, Fla., his widow Laura said Tuesday. She said she had delayed announcing his death until she returned to their principal home in San Juan.

One of Daen's most notable works ``La Rogativa,'' depicts the legend of a group of torch-bearing women who scared off British attackers during a 1797 siege because, from afar, they appeared to be armed soldiers. The sculpture is located on San Juan Bay.

Born in 1923 in Dunedin, New Zealand, Daen was raised in Australia, where he attended art school and showed his work for the first time at the Adelaide Art School. He and his first wife, Betty South, emigrated to the United States in 1949.

He displayed his bronze sculptures at shows in St. Louis, New York, Houston and in New Orleans, where he moved after his divorce in the 1950s.

In 1955, Puerto Rican Gov. Luis Munoz Marin invited Daen to bring the first major show of sculpture to the U.S. Caribbean territory. There, he met his second wife, Loulette Bouret, in San Juan in 1956 and made Puerto Rico his home.

His mother-in-law, Agripina de Jesus Garcia, influenced his work with the folklore of this former Spanish colony, and Daen created small wax models to illustrate them. One later evolved into ``La Rogativa,'' which he gave to the city in 1971 to mark the 450th anniversary of the founding of San Juan.

His most recent public works displayed in San Juan are ``Juan Bobo y La Canasta'' (``Juan Bobo and the Basket'') -- a 1999 work depicting a Puerto Rican child legend -- and ``Joven con Pajaros'' (``Youth with Birds''), installed in a beachside park last year.

Daen worked in studios in San Juan and Madrid as well as in Princeton, N.J., and Sarasota, where he had a second home. He had shows throughout the United States, as well as in Sydney and Mexico City.

His second wife, Loulette, died in 1977. He met his third wife, Laura Ann Ross of Philadelphia, in 1984.

Daen's work is represented in monuments, museums and private collections in the United States, Canada, France, Germany, Spain, Britain, Mexico, Australia and Puerto Rico.

He is survived by his widow and a son, Paul, from his second marriage. No services were planned, said Laura Daen.

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