From “9/11″ to “I Love Lucy” Upstate New York’s Moving Memorials
There are hundreds, maybe thousands even, of monuments, statues and memorials located all over the Empire State. And many of them are in the Upstate region.
Monuments come in various shapes and sizes, and commemorate people, places, and even animals. You will see that variety illustrated in the eleven noted in the gallery below.
These include a tribute to U.S. military horses (the only such memorial of its kind in the country), a poignant tribute to those who perished in the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2011, a statue honoring perhaps the most famous American entertainer of all time, a tribute to a Native American icon in Schenectady, and a sad tableau depicting the harrowing escape route of southern enslaved people to freedom in Canada. All of these, and several others, are described below.
These magnificent stone and bronze tributes are also a tip of the hat to some of our country's great sculptors and artists. Imagine getting the commission to pay tribute to one of television's greatest legends. This can be tricky, as you will see. This performer's image was so indelible in the mind's eye of the public that when her statue was revealed it was met with immediate disdain and called "totally unrecognizable." Yes, it can be tricky (a new statue was immediately ordered up).
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This Collection of Upstate New York Statues and Memorials Tell an Amazing Story of People and Events
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