Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Statue of Freedom

Today's picture shows the Statue of Freedom, on top of the US Capitol Dome. The men are doing repair work. The sculpture was done by Thomas Crawford. Looking at the statue from the ground, it does not look this big.

OK, we got a whopping 3 comments yesterday. I have a feeling this is going to be a long week. Perhaps instead of Great Sculptors, the theme this week should have been Great Train Wrecks. Maybe that would have gotten a little more discussion going. Sometimes I wonder why I even bother with this blog. Hmmm . . . maybe a one day Old Picture Embargo is in order.

Snow in Chickie Town!

OK, we got a big snow in Chickie Town last night. Lovie and the peacocks decided to sleep ON Chickie Town instead of IN Chickie Town. Boy they looked cold this morning. I wish they would use the nice peacock palace we built for them, but would rather sleep up top.




25 comments:

  1. I'm a lurker of the site, have been for a long long time. I really enjoy the old photos and domestic stuff (go tractor!) even though I never post a comment.

    Keep up the good work. I am really enjoying sculpture week a hundred times more then earthquake week.

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  2. No no no! Don't give up! Your photo yesterday sparked a lively discussion between me and my sister over whether Paul Wayland Bartlett might be a relative. Neither of us had ever heard of him.

    I too am enjoying Sculpture Week. We saw a reproduction of this very statue in the Capitol Visitor's Center last June. Nice to see this historical photo of it being put into place.

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  3. BTW, here is the finished product of yesterday's photo:

    http://www.aoc.gov/cc/art/pediments/apoth_hse.cfm

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  4. Now you have 3 comments already, and this makes 4. Notice how large her eyes are in the statue. Keep up the good work.

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  5. I feel sad for the fellow who was brave enough to climb up on the statue, only to be dissed by the photographer who cut off his head.

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  6. Marie gave the wrong link. The correct one is:

    Statue of Freedom

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  7. Been in San Antonio for family. Noticed on the way back that it was supposed to get up to a whopping 38 in Van Horn either yesterday or today. Your snowstorm part of that?

    While in Texas, I went by the National Museum of the Pacific War in Fredericksburg. They opened the new three story George H W Bush Gallery last Pearl Harbor Day. All I can say is "Wow!" It is three times the size it used to be and they have included several audio and video stations with reports by the folks what wuz there.

    What REALLY blew me away was to see my Dad's WWII memorabilia on display. VERY emotional. I recommend a trip to Fredericksburg and a two to three day visit to the National Museum of the Pacific War. Very humbling and instructive.

    Keep the sculptors coming. Will we be seeing any Russell of Remington?

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  8. (sigh) That would be Russell OR Remington. Silly fingers.

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  9. PJM: Never mind "Embargo" -- what would I do with these few minutes of my day before dashing about???

    Really like the updates on the peacocks and chickies, too.

    Thanks to Downtown Indy for the link.

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  10. No one ever said that peacock were smart birds. No one ever said that BIRDS were smart..
    I mean you lay an egg, and you go run and tell every one about it so that they can come and take it away and fry it up and eat it.
    You need to get somne real BIG sculputes in there.
    R

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  11. I too am a regular visitor but now first time commenter. Very much enjoy your site. Please keep it up, though I wonder how you find the time. What strikes me about this picture is the "action shot." Seems like pictures used to be almost exclusively "stand still flat on the ground." Here they are atop the Capitol Building. Very interesting! Finally, last Saturday's contest was a classic! Thanks again!

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  12. I'm sorry but that sculpture is just plain butt ugly. Good think it's on TOP of the capitol so you can't get a good look at it. My chickens deal with snow all the time; but don't have peacocks.

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  13. My uncle kept peacocks and all sorts of other exotic birds. He was kind of exotic too, but that is another story. He built platforms high in the trees for the peacocks. Said they liked to be up high where they could see. Guess he knew what he was talking about. Don't always comment, but always look and enjoy your site. Know that some of my friends do as well. Now you have Russell, Remington, Fraser, and Morgan to deal with. You are going to run out of days in sculper week.

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  14. Your efforts are deeply appreciated and enjoyed!

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  15. I hope your are merely trolling for comments and not truly wondering why you do this! You know we all are loyal OPOD fans. On the days you don't get a lot of comments, maybe it's because you already said things the best.

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  16. Your peeps be lovin' ya. There may be more lurkers than commeters, but we all enjoy your efforts. The snow pictures are beautiful!

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  17. I didn't know it snowed that much in Texas.

    I hope you feature some photos of the Statue of Liberty when she was under construction.

    Love this photo, she's kind of scary looking.

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  18. Please, no embargo! I learn so much from this site!
    Today's picture leaves me wondering why they were up on a platform without much, if any, safety rope on?

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  19. PJM-Even though I don't comment much, I love your site and visit every day. Old photos are one of my passions, just like (probably) most everyone who visits. Your efforts are appreciated. Thank you.

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  20. Michael, PJM strikes me as being a bit exotic himself. He probably lets those peacocks in the house. heheheh

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  21. The soles of their shoes seem like they could slide easily. Not exactly what you'd wear these days working up there on slick surfaces. And I don't think they're belted to anything. Yikes!

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  22. That scaffold is OSHA approved isn't it. Wouldn't want them to get in trouble with the Gov.

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  23. I will put a comment in, just to let you know I was by, as I am most days. Enjoy the content of this immensely and most days try to link back by posting on my Multiply pages.

    You have more appreciators than you think.

    MT C

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  24. Merideth commented that the sculpture is ugly, but it's designed to be viewed from afar. What may not work close up works from a distant perspective. Think about it.

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  25. The statue was restored again in the early - mid 1990's. They helicopter-ed it off the Dome and set it down in the parking lot on the East side of the Capitol, where it stayed while the restoration work was done. It was an interesting work-in-progress to be able to see on a daily basis (I worked for a Congressman at the time). As Panavia999 suggested to Meredith, it was indeed sculpted a bit on the bold side because nobody was going get closer to it than several hundred feet away, and from below.

    The statue faces East; not to meet the rising sun or anything but because at the time they thought D.C. was going to spread primarily that direction; instead it grew more Westerly!!

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