(photo by Lee Bey)
I was driving through Jackson Park a few days ago and spotted--as I have for years--the 30 foot tall goddess of gold watching over the park as she has done since 1918.
Even though she's had a little work done here and there, the old gal looks pretty good for a 92-year-old.‚ I decided to hop out with the camera and get a closer look at The Republic, designed by Daniel Chester French, best known for his sculpture of Abraham Lincoln seated at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC.
The Republic is a replica of French's original plaster colossus that stood in the Court of Honor at Chicago's 1893 World's Columbian Exposition held in Jackson Park.‚ The figure wears a laurel around her head and holds a staff in her left hand that reads "Liberty" and a globe and an eagle--the fair's symbol--in her right. But here's what I didn't know about the statue until I stayed up too late last night doing research (and can you believe it leads to Andy Warhol? More later):
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