Appomattox is the town in Virginia where Robert E Lee surrendered and ended the Civil War. The statue depicts a confederate soldier with his head down, his hat in his hand and a stance of defeat. It is a beautiful sculpture. It's also caused a lot of controversy. Several cars hit it every year since it's in the middle of a very busy road. Recently, with the talks of removing statues that have to do with glorifying the confederacy, this statue has been brought up again for removal. However, it doesn't glorify the confederacy. It shows a man in defeat.
In my painting, I've even put the American flag over on the left had side to show that our country weathered a terrible storm and yet remained under one flag. Our country is going though some upheavals right now, but we must remember that we are Americans first even though we have our differences.