Thomas Jefferson Memorial. The statue of Thomas Jefferson by Rudolph Evans, was selected in a nationwide competition with 100 sculptures contending for the $35,000 prize. The heroic bronze figure, of Thomas Jefferson occupies the center of the marble-lined rotunda in the Thomas Jefferson memorial. The bronze statue is about eighteen feet high and stands on a pedestal about seven feet high. The dedication was April 13, 1943, the 200th anniversary of Jefferson's birth.