In 1916, when Liberty first appeared on the Walking Liberty half dollar, Secretary of the Treasury William McAdoo reported “a full-length figure of Liberty, the folds of the Stars and Stripes flying to the breeze as a back- ground, progressing in full stride toward the dawn of a new day, carrying branches of laurel and oak, symbolical of civil and military glory. The hand of the figure is outstretched in bestowal of the spirit of liberty.”
In 1918, Liberty marched through the Spanish flu pandemic. In 2020, Liberty walks on a silver dollar through Covid-19.
This will be fun. In one hour on November 11, the photographic walk through Central Park will visit all statues in the park, including the two Alice statues. There will also be special surprises from Augustus Saint-Gaudens. Hope to see you at Noble Horizons. Moby
Alice in Central Park got a little publicity today in the New York Times, have a read at http://www.nytimes.com/2016/03/14/nyregion/…
It was raised the other day at a book party for G. A. Mudge, the author of “Alice in Central Park — Statues in Wonderland,” which he calls the only book about all the statues in the park.
He said the parks department website describes the figure a few feet from Alice, the Mad Hatter and the Cheshire cat as the March Hare. But the website of the Central Park Conservancy, which manages the park and raises 75 percent of its budget, states that it is the White Rabbit. As if that were not confusing enough, Mr. Mudge said the conservancy’s website also has a two-minute audio recording by Whoopi Goldberg that refers to the March Hare.
Mr. Mudge said the parks department issued a news release in 1959, just before the statue was dedicated, that said the figure was the March Hare. But he said that a brochure distributed at the ceremony identified the figure as the White Rabbit. As did The New Yorker, which said Alice was flanked by “the White Rabbit, watch in hand (he had just pulled it from his waistcoat pocket).”
Have a look at this really nice article on NY Gossip Gal about the soiree we had to promote Alice in Central Park.
Lovely couple Barbara and Donald Tober held an intimate soiree for G.A. Mudge, author and photographer of the books, Alice in Central Park – Statues in Wonderland and Two Alice Statues in Central Park, at The Lotos Club.
Mr. Mudge, joined by wife Sis Mudge, spoke briefly of the Alice In Wonderland statue in memory of Margarita Delacorte as members of the Delacorte family, looked on.
A nice mention and article on the New York Social Diary website. Have a look at http://www.newyorksocialdiary.com/social-diary/2016/a-better-high
Mr. Mudge, joined by his wife Sis Mudge, dedicated the evening to the statues in our beloved Central Park. He spoke briefly of the Alice In Wonderland statue in memory of Margarita Delacorte in the presence of members of the Delacorte family. Also there was Jeffrey Spring of the Modern Art Foundry, who created the sculpture and Matthew C. Reiley, the conservation manager at the Central Park Conservancy, who keeps the statues pristine.
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