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Welcome to my cyber gallery. You will see some of my sculptures and get a sense of what I have been creating.

My art is an intricate part of who I am and reflects my view of the present and the past. As a person of strong faith I believe my talent is a gift from God, and strive for perfection in my life as well as my work.

Please contact me if you wish further information on any of the pieces or if you are interested in obtaining new or existing limited edition work.

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taking flight
morgans wonderland • san antonio, tx

War Dog Memorial

On April 10, 2010, in San Antonio, Texas, grand opening festivities were held to officially unveil 'Taking Flight', the 25foot, 6,200 pound bronze and 1,500 pounds of stainless steel butterfly wings sculpture by artist Doug Roper. Doug donated nearly 80% of his time and design fees to create the bronze sculpture of two hands holding a monarch butterfly.   The hands are cast bronze using the lost wax method and the Monarch butterfly wings are 5/8-inch stainless steel. The enlargement armature is Styrofoam with steel bracing covered by a half-inch of classic clay.  This sculpture is considered to be the largest cast bronze sculpture in San Antonio.
Doug said “My inspiration behind the sculpture came from a photo on the Gordon Hartman Family Foundation website—the non-profit behind the creation of the park—which has an adult and child reaching up with a butterfly flying above.
The butterfly is used throughout the park as a symbol of metamorphosis that symbolizes children experiencing unrestricted play, in spite of physical limitations.”

Doug Roper’s love for art and history began with his childhood in Europe, Central and South America, Southeast Asia and the US.  Encouraged by the noted sculptress Waldine Tauch, Roper’s formal training began at the Warren Hunter School of Art in the 1970s.  He is a life member of the Coppini Academy of Fine Arts, as well as the Boerne Area Artists Association.

Contact Doug Roper, commissioned sculptor, for details (210) 684-6368, email:



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