President Wilson Memorial
Polasek received the commission to create a memorial statue of President Wilson to be placed opposite the main entrance of the Wilson Station in Prague. This, the first monument to Wilson in any country, was the gift of the Czechoslovaks in America to honor the man who did more than any other head of state to champion the cause of subject nations.
Theodore Thomas Memorial/ The Spirit of Music
The epitome of Polasek’s allegorical works, this original memorial on Michigan Avenue in Chicago, IL, was erected in honor of Theodore Thomas, founder of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. It is fully representative of the majesty and sweep of a symphony.
A challenging commission, Polasek created several models of the work. Of his final version Polasek stated, “… (the sculpture is) dignified, yet simple, assertive, but not too bold; a feminine figure, yes, yet not too feminine.”
Thomas Garrigue Masaryk Memorial
1940 – 1949, Bronze
The Czech people of Chicago suggested a monument be sculpted in honor of the first democratically elected president of Czechoslovakia, Thomas Masaryk.
The work personifies one of the legends of the Czech people. In the center of the province of Bohemia is the Blanik Mountain, under which sleeps a heroic company of medieval knights. When their countrymen on the earth are oppressed, the mountain opens and these ancient warriors ride to their rescue. It was said that during World War I the knights appeared in the persons of Masaryk and his legionnaires, founding a new, free country after 300 years of oppression.