Tuesday, January 19, 2010

A Closer Look

The Soldiers and Sailors Monument at the northern entrance to Washington Park facing Henry Johnson Boulevard is one of Albany's most recognizable pieces of public statuary. I, for one, have passed it at least once a week for much of my life and written about it in a previous post.

But, like so many familiar sights, there are many details lost to the casual observer.

It took a closer look on a recent gray morning for me to notice some of those details such as the star on the statue's sash and the figures sculpted on the sword's scabbard.

This monument, by the way, was the work of Hermon Atkins McNeil, best known to coin collectors for designing the 1916 Standing Liberty quarter.

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