Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge – Statues, Carvings, Sculptures

Over the past year, we’ve been to Gettysburg (Pennsylvania) several times, partly because it’s the 150th anniversary of the battle there that probably settled the outcome of the Civil War, and partly because it’s a reasonably close place for short sightseeing trips. I’ve been meaning to put up a couple of posts about the park, and Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge this week gave me the nudge I needed to start. Cee’s topic this week is “Statues, Carvings, Sculptures”, and it’s almost impossible to go anywhere near Gettysburg Battlefield with a camera and not photograph some statues, carvings, and sculptures.

Louisiana Monument, 1971

There are newish, stylized statues like the Louisiana Monument, dedicated in 1971…

GettysburgNorthCarolinaMonument1929…and dynamic statues like the North Carolina Monument, from 1929.

There are various kinds of symbolic carvings –

Gettysburg1stNYLightArtillerythis monument to the First New York Light artillery, for example…

GettysburgNewYorkIrish…or this one to the New York “Irish Brigade”.

Most of the statues are on tall pedestals or in hard-to-reach places.

GettyeburgGeneralWarrenLittleRoundTopFor example, General Warren, the Chief Engineer of the Union Army, has stood on this boulder at the top of Little Round Top, binoculars in his right hand, considering the Confederate line in the distance ever since 1888.

GettysburgColPatrickORorkeBut this bust of Colonel Patrick O’Rorke, killed early on the second day of the battle, is easy to reach, and you can see with one glance at his nose that thousands of children over the years have paid their respects.

There are very few places (other than art galleries and sculpture gardens) with more statues scattered everywhere than the Gettysburg Battlefield; what’s impressive about all this art is that most of it was put up twenty to fifty years afterwards by the survivors. This isn’t someone’s officially planned memorial. It’s how the soldiers themselves wanted to be remembered, and so remembered they are.

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9 responses to “Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge – Statues, Carvings, Sculptures

  1. The Warren statue is absolutely superb and what a great photo of it too, he could be alive standing there.

    • Yes, sculptors in the late 1800’s were excellent at realism! As you approach it, you do almost feel as if he might turn around if you called his name. I like his pose, too, holding the binoculars thoughtfully against his chest. Glad you like it, Gilly.

  2. Such a wonderful series of statues. Thanks for the post and info!

  3. Bradford has it’s very own sculpture trail, been a few years since i have been round the whole of it but it’s still there. It starts with the City Hall building and it’s doors/gates at the front and somewhere along the way it takes in the memorial garden and the war memorial and even a giant sewing needle and half a light bulb.

  4. Really enjoyed this post. Great photos and loved all the information too. Thanks! 🙂

    I know it’s very late, but here’s my photo challenge post:
    http://fluffytufts.wordpress.com/2014/04/15/statues-and-carvings-cees-photo-challenge/

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