June 2012


For years people and even scientists have tried to solve have the Giant Easter Island of the Moai Sculptures arrived at their destination. These statues had to be move 11 miles away from a quarry where they where carved, and did not use wheels, cranes or large animals.

Scientist has had May ideas and they had thought the islanders use ropes, log roller and wooden sledges.  Recently two archaeologist came up with a new theory that the Moai where made to move upright using only rope to make the statues walk or should I say walk?  As seen in the video.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=YpNuh-J5IgE

University of Hawaii and California State University Long Beach have worked closely with these archaeologist Sergio Rapu, who’s part of the South Pacific island’s population of indigenous Rapanui, to develop their idea.  D-shaped bases could have allowed workers to roll and rock the moai side to side and walk it 11 Miles. Pretty cool and love the video of the theory in action. So do you think the Easter Island statues walked? Or do you have your own theory?

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Temperatures are rising and rainfall is scarce, summer is definitely upon us, here in the Mid-West. The sound of water has always been a favorite to me, especially if I need to relax, unwind and refresh.  A  fountain placed on my patio has enabled me to enjoy that soothing sound, where I can lose myself in reverie or escape in a good book. I have always enjoyed being outside and my garden is my haven. I have added a fountain in my front garden where not only is it a focal point and welcoming feature for all who visit but it is also placed where I can enjoy the sound and sight of water as I sit in the shade of my front porch,

As one passes a Lawn Jockey in someones yard, welcoming us up to the front door, what are our thoughts? Do we simply think what a lovely statue? or does one wonder what is its history? Why a jockey? what did he represent? why is he black or white?

One of the stories surrounding the Lawn Jockey is that on a icy cold December night  in 1776  George Washington wanted to cross the Delaware to launch a surprise attack on the British in Trenton. An African-American little young boy wanted to fight the Redcoats too but Washington deemed him too young. He ordered him to stay and guard the horses making sure to keep the lantern burning so that the troops would know where to return. The story goes that many hours later when the troops returned, so devoted to Washington was this young bo, that he had not moved from his position and he had frozen on the spot, with the lantern frozen in his hand. George Washington was so moved by his devotion that he had a statue created to commemorate the “Faithful Groomsman” and he stands in Grave’s honor on the General’s estate in Mount Vernon.

During the Civil War allot of these statues could be found on the Southern Plantations and it became known as a guiding star for the Underground Railroad. A green ribbon attached to the statues arm indicated that the house was safe and red meant danger, that the owners were NOT sympathetic to their cause.

People, not aware of the history of the Lawn Jockey, and not wanting to cause offense, started representing the statue as a white boy. So now you can find him representing both races.

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  • ImageStatue of Liberty was formally known as Liberty Enlightening the World, and more commonly known as, Lady Liberty. This sculptural structure located on Liberty Island in New York Harbor, presented to the United States on the centennial of the signing of the American Declaration of Independence which was a gift from France. It was designed by Frederic Bartholdi and its green coloring from patination of the outer copper covering that had turned this color over time due to the elements. The statue is world-renowned for being the first thing sea-borne visitors, immigrants, and returning Americans see upon entering New York Harbor and has been known as a beacon of freedom to much of the world.My mother and father came from Italy on a cruise liner in the 1950, and my mother always said she knew she had made it to American when she saw the Statue of Liberty. It took two weeks for them to arrive in American. They came with two trunks and a few dollars in their pockets. My father was going into the statuary business with my uncle. So they pass the Statue of Liberty and arrived in New York. On their arrival they hand never seen slush on the ground as they caught a cab to the train station. My mother says she had never seen such bad weather and she only was wearing sandals as they arrived. But she recalls the Statue of Liberty as she made it to America. What a way for a family arriving in New York as statue makers and now see this larger than life statue in front of them. Boy they must had thought America loves statues. Our family is third generation statue makers and we continue on with this tradition.The interior of the Statue is closed for renovation through at least the end of 2012. Both Liberty Island and Ellis Island will remain open, and views of the Statue of Liberty will remain unobstructed. Only the interior of the Statue is closed so you can still take ferry rides to the sculpture. Cost of this renovation that will cost about $27.25 million, wow I wish we could have done this renovation. I not sure what they need to do but that is costly renovation of the statue. I have been there twice but never made it up the statue. The wait was to long, but I enjoyed the view when we visited the Statue.Fact about the statue of liberty Height of the Statue from her heel to the top of her head is 111 feet, 6 inches tall. Total overall height from the base of the pedestal foundation to the tip of the torch is 305 feet, 6 inches tall. There are seven rays on her crown, one for each of the seven continents, each measuring up to 9 feet in length and weighing as much as 150 pounds, wow that has to be one heavy statue which is 450,000 pounds. During a restoration completed in 1986, the new torch was carefully covered with thin sheets of 24k gold. Wow maybe that is why the renovation cost so much today.

    The Statue of Liberty may be an American treasure as it stands proud in New York’s harbor and now she will shine brighter with here new face lift and renovations of this historical sculpture. Although I think it can be done cheaper. Visit us at http://www.Statue.com for repair of statues and sculptures. We have been doing these kinds of repairs for generations and are proud to be a part of the statuary business. We also have life-sized statues and sculptural figurines of the Lady Liberty.

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    Statue of Liberty getting a face lift.

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