Sketched June 28, 3:40 p.m.
I came over to sketch Seattle’s own Statue of Liberty when I was in West Seattle meeting Orcaman a couple of weeks ago. I’ve wanted to draw it for a while but the opportunity had not presented itself yet.
The statue is a 1:18 scale replica of the original in New York City. More than 200 statues like this one were placed across the country in 1952 by the Boy Scouts of America on the 40th anniversary of the institution. The current statue, which replaced the original one, was dedicated in 2008 and it is mantained by members of the Alki Community Council.
The statue is the centerpiece of a small plaza overlooking Alki Beach. On the pavement surrounding it, thousands of bricks are inscribed with people’s names. The day I was here, Alki Community Council volunteers Eilene and David Hutchinson were working with Rod Hammerbach, of the Seattle Parks and Recreation Department, to install 154 new bricks. Hammerback said the number of inscribed bricks is approaching 3,000 now. The money raised with donations of $100 per brick goes to the maintenance of the plaza.
For more information, visit the the Alki Community Center blog and the Alki Brick & Plaque Project page.
July 12, 2011 at 8:16 PM