Saturday, September 1, 2012

Sculptures of Springfield: The Lorax

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Springfield, MA
The Lorax
Topic: Sculptures of Springfield 

GPS: N42° 06.247; W072° 35.161

Quick Description: 

The Lorax is the smallest of five sculptures at the Dr. Seuss National Memorial Sculpture Garden in Springfield.

Long Description:

The Lorax is a children's story, published by Dr. Seuss (Theodor Seuss Geisel) in 1971, at the beginning of the environmental movement in America. It tells the story of the the danger to the eco-system by uncontrolled logging. The Lorax becomes the advocate for the trees.

The Lorax is standing on the stump of a tree, both arms are slightly raised and he is looking upward with a pleading expression. The Lorax's final message to those who would destroy forests - "Unless" - is inscribed on the stump.

The small sculpture stands apart in a wide empty circle opposite the Springfield Science Museum in the northeast corner of the Quadrangle. It was created by Theodor Seuss Geisel's step daughter, Lark Dimond-Cates, and cast in bronze at the Valley Bronze, Inc. It carries a 2002 copyright date. Dr. Seuss National Memorial Sculpture Garden was unveiled in 2004.

Dr. Seuss National Memorial Sculpture Garden
Springfield Quadrangle
21 Edwards Street
Springfield, MA 01103

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