Saturday, July 14, 2018

Sculptures of Chesterwood: Andromeda - Stockbridge, MA

Andromeda
Chesterwood
Stockbridge, MA


N42 17.108 W73 21.173




Short Description:

Andromeda was the last sculpture by Daniel Chester French (April 20, 1850 – October 7, 1931). He died before it was finished and it was never publicly shown. Copies of Andromeda are located both in the studio and the barn gallery of Chesterwood, French's summer residence at 4 Williamsville, Road in Stockbridge, MA.

Long Description:

The marble sculpture of  Andromeda depicts a life size nude figure, lying on her back with shackles on her wrists and chained to a rock.  The copies of the sculpture ares located in the center of the Studio and in the Barn Gallery at Chesterwood.

In Greek mythology, Andromeda was the daughter of Cepheus and Cassiopeia. To save his kingdom from the sea monster, Cetus, sent by Poseidon, Cepheus was advised by the Oracle of Apo1lo  to sacrifice Andromeda to the sea monster by chaining her to a rock on the coast. However the Greek hero Perseus saved Andromeda from the sea monster and then they married.

Friday, July 13, 2018

Decorated Utility Box: Westfield Sights - Westfield, MA

Westfield Sights
Westfield, MA




N 42° 07.349 W 072° 44.923





Short Description: 

A new artistically decorated utility boxes is located on Elm Street near the PVTA Olver Transit Pavilion in Westfield, MA

Long Description:

Two artistically decorated utility boxes have recently been commissioned by the Westfield on Weekend organization. Both are on Elm Street. The northmost utility box is by the new Pioneer Valley Transportation Authority Olver Pavilion at the corner of Elm and Arnold Streets.

Morgan Sanders was the first artist chosen. She decorated her assigned utility box with well known sights in Westfield. On the street side, the top depicts the Holy Trinity Church and the twin bridges over the Westfield River. Below are the cascading fountains of the Great River Park located between the twin bridges. On the north side is the pavilion located in the newly renovated Park Square in downtown Westfield. The sidewalk side contains a representation of Provin Mountain which forms the eastern boundary of Westfield and the neo-Gothic free standing clock that was erected as part of the Great River Park project. The south side contains the meter and was just painted black.

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Decorated Utility Box: Westfield Icons - Westfield, MA

Westfield Icons
Westfield, MA


N 42° 07.280 W 072° 44.948

Short Description: 

A utility box on Elm Street north of School Street is decorated with images of object of importance to Westfield.

Long Description:

Two artistically decorated utility boxes have recently been commissioned by the Westfield on Weekend organization. Both are on Elm Street. The southmost utility box is by the new Pioneer Valley Transportation Authority Olver Pavilion at the corner of Elm and Arnold Streets.

High School student Emily Colby chose to paint this utility box light green and used shades of green and yellow to represent familiar objects of Westfield.

The buggy whip in the center represents Westfield's historic past as the Whip City. During the 19th century, nearly all buggy whips in America were made in Westfield.

The covered bridge in Stanley Park.

A black squirrel, which are common in Westfield.

The bridge over the Westfield River

The freestanding Gothic clock installed as part of the Great River Project.

The pavilion in Park Square.

A book - representing Westfield's bookbinding industry

Ice skate - skating is a popular attraction at Amelia Park Ice Arena.

A ream of paper - represents Westfield's paper industry.

Bicycle - Columbia Bicycles are headquartered in Westfield

Bus - represents the new Pioneer Valley Transportation Authority Olver Transportation Center Pavilion.

Coffee Cup - represents the recently opened Circuit Coffee Shop located next to the utility box.

Friday, June 15, 2018

Roadside Attraction: Nipper the RCA Dog - Albany, NY

Nipper the RCA Dog
Albany, NY


N 42° 39.861 W 073° 44.571


Short Description: 

A huge statue of Nipper the RCA Dog is located near 988 Broadway on a warehouse building with the address 7 Tivoli Street, Albany, NY.



Long Description:

Nipper the RCA Dog is a 4 ton, 28' high steel and fiberglass statue of Nipper, the mascot of the former giant electronics company the Radio Corporation of America (RCA). It sits on top of a building that was once a warehouse for a distributor of RCA products.



Nipper was a 19th century English dog whose portrait was painted by the dog owner’s brother, Francis Barraud. The painting called “His Master’s Voice” depicted Nipper listening to a gramophone. It became an internationally known logo for RCA.

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Medal of Honor: Brigadier General John Henry Patterson - Colonie, NY

Brigadier General John Henry Patterson
Colonie, NY





N 42° 42.339 W 073° 43.870



Short Description: 

The grave of Medal of Honor recipient Brigadier General John Henry Patterson is located in section 42, lot 13 of Albany Rural Cemetery in the the Menands section of Colonie, NY.



Long Description:

A monument with an ornate pointed arch top marks the grave of Brigadier General John Henry Patterson. The back of the monument contains a bronze medal of Honor Plaque. The front of the monument is has a relief image of the Medal of Honor and is inscribed:

JOHN HENRY PATTERSON 
BRIGADIER GENERAL
UNITED STATES ARMY
February 10, 1843
October 5, 1920

GRACE HALLAM LEARNED
HIS WIFE
October 31, 1859
October 29, 1924

The bronze Medal of Honor plaque is inscribed:

JOHN HENRY PATTERSON 
MEDAL OF HONOR 
BRIG GEN US ARMY
CIVIL WAR
FEB 10 1843 OCT 5 1920

John Henry Patterson was serving with the 11th U.S. Infantry. As a 1st Lieutenant, he was awarded the Medal of Honor on July 23, 1897 for his actions on May 5, 1864, during the Battle of the Wilderness. According to his Medal of Honor citation:

Under the heavy fire of the advancing enemy, picked up and carried several hundred yards to a place of safety a wounded officer of his regiment who was helpless and would otherwise have been burned in the forest.

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Statue of Historic Figure: Samuel Wilson a.k.a. Uncle Sam - Troy, NY

Samuel Wilson
a.k.a. 
Uncle Sam
Troy, NY


N 42° 43.969 W 073° 41.405



Short Description: 

A large aluminum statue of Samuel Wilson a.k.a. Uncle Sam is located on River Street near the intersection of Fulton Street in Troy, NY.

Long Description: 

A 12' by 6 by 5.25' statue of hometown folk figure Samuel Wilson, a.k.a. Uncle Sam stands on top of a 2' high by 3' by 3' aluminum base with inscribed aluminum plaques on all four sides.

A standing figure of Samuel Wilson is wearing a buttoned vest, unbuttoned jacket, a billowing cape, and trousers that cover the tops of his shoes. He is holding a top hat in his left hand and has his right hand grasping his open jacket. A barren is on his right side and a pile of bricks on his left side. The monument was created by sculptor George Kratina and dedicated on October 18, 1980.

*UNCLE SAM*
WILSON
1766 1854
OF
TROY - NEW YORK
BORN IN ARLINGTON - MASS 



The plaque on the right side of the base is inscribed:

SAM WILSON - ONE OF
THE PRIME MOVERS FOR
INCORPORATION OF
TROY AS VILLAGE - 1794
CITY - 1816 



The plaque on the back of the base is inscribed:

TROY'S CITIZEN
AMERICA'S UNCLE

THE BIG THING IS NOT WHAT
HAPPENS TO US IN LIFE - BUT
WHAT WE DO ABOUT
WHAT HAPPENS TO US.
SAM WILSON 



The plaque on the left side of the base is inscribed:


                                                       U.S. OF AMERICA
                                                       N A
                                                       C M
                                                       L
                                                       E   *ORIGINATED DURING 
                                                                   WAR OF 1812*

Samuel Wilson was born in Arlington, MA, known as Menotomy, on September 13, 1766. When he was young he moved with his family to Mason, NH. At age 15 he joined the Continental Army during the Revolutionary War where he was introduced to the meat packing trade. After the war he and his brother moved to Troy, NY where they started E & S Wilson, a meat packing business.

During the War of 1812 Elbert Anderson Jr. of New York City had the contract to supply meat to all US troops. He contracted with Sam Wilson's company to supply United States troops with barrels of meat. The barrels were labeled "E.A.- U.S." for Elbert Anderson - United States. The troops south of Troy that received the barrels were familiar with Samuel Wilson and interpreted the U.S to mean Uncle Sam, Wilson's nickname, and the legend was born. Samuel Wilson became the personification of the United States.

Grave of a Famous Person: Samuel Wilson a.k.a. Uncle Sam - Troy, NY

Samuel Wilson
a.k.a. 
Uncle Sam
Troy, NY



N 42° 45.750 W 073° 40.095

Short Description: 

A series of well places markers lead to the grave of Samuel Wilson, a.k.a. Uncle Sam, in Oakwood Cemetery at 186 Oakwood Avenue in Troy, NY.



Long Description:

The grave of Samuel Wilson, a.k.a. Uncle Sam, is marked by a rectangular, rough cut, granite monument with nearly identical bronze plaques on both side and a horizontal, marble, ground level marker, next to that of his wife Betsy Mann Wilson. The marble, ground level marker is inscribed:

SAMUEL WILSON 
Died July 31, 1854
Aged 88 Years. 

The bronze plaques on the front and back of the granite monument both have an image of an eagle with its wings spread and are inscribed:

U.S. 
IN LOVING MEMORY 
OF
"UNCLE SAM"
THE NAME
ORIGINATING WITH
SAMUEL WILSON
1766 - 1854
DURING THE WAR OF 1812
AND SINCE ADOPTED BY
THE UNITED STATES.
* * *
ERECTED 1921
BY HIS GRANDDAUGHTER
MARION WILSON (SHELDON)

and

U.S. 
IN LOVING MEMORY 
OF
"UNCLE SAM"
THE NAME
ORIGINATING WITH
SAMUEL WILSON
1766 - 1854
DURING THE WAR OF 1812
AND SINCE ADOPTED BY
THE UNITED STATES.
* * *
ERECTED 1931
BY HIS GRANDDAUGHTER





Samuel Wilson was born in Arlington, MA, known as Menotomy, on September 13, 1766. When he was young he moved with his family to Mason, NH. At age 15 he joined the Continental Army during the Revolutionary War where he was introduced to the meat packing trade. After the war he and his brother moved to Troy, NY where they started E & S Wilson, a meat packing business.

During the War of 1812 Elbert Anderson Jr. of New York City had the contract to supply meat to all US troops. He contracted with Sam Wilson's company to supply United States troops with barrels of meat. The barrels were labeled "E.A.- U.S." for Elbert Anderson - United States. The troops south of Troy that received the barrels were familiar with Samuel Wilson and interpreted the U.S to mean Uncle Sam, Wilson's nickname, and the legend was born. Samuel Wilson became the personification of the United States.