To honor the 250th anniversary of the birth of the Marquis de Lafayette, a group of French-American citizens, with the support and encouragement of the Consulate General of France, raised funds for the restoration of the Lafayette Monument at Prospect Park.
Germany has returned to Greece more than 80 Neolithic statues stolen over 20 years ago that were found in the hands of a German antiques smuggler, the Greek culture minister announced Monday.
New York City Statues started in July and, admittedly, has not made much progress in its stated goal, to document the historical sculpture of the city. (Only 12 statues of an estimated 150 have been photographed and researched.) But the Web site has passed a more modest milestone, one that I have no compunction about clogging your RSS reader to tout: Our 1,000th hit.
In Grand Army Plaza, just to the east of the northbound side of Flatbush, is a statue of the Civil War general Henry Warner Slocum. You might not have noticed. It sits on a small hill, only a few feet from traffic, but thoroughly obscured by a mob of vegetation.
Plenty of Web sites exist that deal with outdoor sculpture in New York City. Well, not really. But there are a few.
These few, though, do only a spotty job of cataloging sculpture. A tedious enterprise, I know. But, for instance, the Smithsonian site, which is actually fun to browse, seems to leave out more recent works. Other inventories ignore the boroughs not named Manhattan. All of this, you know, is none of my business. I'm just sayin'.
With this Web site, I am trying to be different. I have been a little picky about what I consider to be a statue, but beyond that my intention is to visit and research all of them. The first step (even though it wasn't the first step I took) in that process is creating a list. Check it out. Can you think of one I am missing?
- Visit New York City Statues on the Web by clicking here.