Haig Patigian was a sculptor who immigrated to America from his native Armenia in the late 1800's. He is most associated with the San Francisco, California art scene where he did the majority of his work.
Patigian's most famous stature is of President McKinley, sculpted for a commission of $15,000 in 1905 as a memorial to the assassinated leader. In 1906, the earthquake and subsequent fire that devastated San Francisco delayed the dedication of the memorial. The statue had fallen down during the quake and when Patigian found it, it was laying in the worst of all possible places, near a foundry which the artist worried might actually melt his sculpture.
Patigian was told that the statue had, in fact, been destroyed roughly a week after he had found it.
The statue, however, was saved by the good graces of passersby. An employee at a foundry near the forge and others rescued the statue and saved it from the fires. It was given to the city of Eureka in 1906 and remains in the center of the town's square today.
Haig Patrician made many subjects the focus of his sculptures, in addition to political figures, and is regarded-highly among collectors.