Saturday, May 19, 2012

Statue of Liberty Rabbit Trail

While composing the previous post I had to continue to edit, edit, edit, as the main idea was replicas of the Statue of Liberty. Today we get to the rabbit trails and how (as Erin says) everything and everyone you know are connected. This would seem to be the case.
I wish I had a dollar for every time I misspelled Bartholdi. I kept wanting to spell it Bertholdi because I was thinking about Berthillon, the famous ice cream parlor on the Ile St.-Louis. Did you know that as immigrants were greeted in New York Harbor by Lady Liberty they were often served ice cream as a comfort food at Ellis Island?
Do you recognize this gentleman?

He is Gustave Eiffel who designed the supporting skeleton for the Statue of Liberty.
Turns out he didn't build just towers.
Actually, he was a bridge builder.

This is most likely not a familiar face.
Gutzon Borglum.
My daddy taught me about him when I was just a little tapper.

In 1916 when the Statue of Liberty was needing her first little face lift, Borglum repaired the leaking torch by cutting away much of the copper and replacing it with glass.
He and the French sculptor Rodin were colleagues.
See, it's a small world.
Borglum also began work on a sculpture you may have seen.
The largest bas relief sculpture in the world at Stone Mountain, Georgia.
The United Daughters of the Confederacy commissioned Borglum to carve the likenesses of Stonewall Jackson, Robert E. Lee and Jefferson Davis on their favorite horses.
Pretend you're on Jeopardy!
The final question of the day.
These are the names of the three horses.
Quickly! You're running out of time!
Little Sorrel, Traveller, and Blackjack.
Anyway, Borglum worked on the carving for a few years until he was called away (abandoned it) to another small job.

And you didn't think you knew how the Statue of Liberty, the Eiffel Tower, Stone Mountain
 and Mount Rushmore are connected.
You have now reached the end of the rabbit trail.

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