HOME
The Info List - Statue Of The Republic





Coordinates: 41°46′46.6″N 87°34′47.7″W / 41.779611°N 87.579917°W / 41.779611; -87.579917

Statue of The Republic

A one-third scale replica of The Republic, a centerpiece of the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition.

Artist Daniel Chester French

Year 1918 (replica of 1893 original)

Type Bronze

Dimensions 730 cm (24 ft)

Location Jackson Park, Chicago, Illinois

The Statue of The Republic
Statue of The Republic
is a 24-foot-high (7.3 m) gilded bronze sculpture in Jackson Park, Chicago, Illinois. It is a smaller-scale replica constructed in 1918 to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the World's Columbian Exposition
World's Columbian Exposition
in Chicago, where the original statue was, and commemorates the Illinois
Illinois
statehood centennial.[1] The statue was funded by the Benjamin Ferguson Fund,[2] which commissioned Daniel Chester French, the sculptor of the original 65-foot-tall (20 m) statue that stood on the grounds of the World's Columbian Exposition
World's Columbian Exposition
of 1893, to sculpt this replica. Henry Bacon, the architect of the Lincoln Memorial, designed the festooned pedestal for the replica statue.[3]

Daniel Chester French's original statue The Republic at the World's Columbian Exposition of 1893 in Chicago, facing the Administration Building across the Great Basin. This version had a Phrygian cap draped on the staff.

The statue's right hand holds a globe; an eagle with wings spread perches on it. The other hand grasps a staff with a plaque that reads "liberty", partly obscured by an encircling laurel wreath. The original at the Exposition had instead a Phrygian cap
Phrygian cap
on top of the staff. The original was only partly gilded (no gold on the exposed skin of the head, neck and arms), but the new version is completely gilded.[4] The original statue for the Exposition, constructed in 1893, stood in front of the Court of Honor, inside the Great Basin (pool).[5][1] However, in 1896 the statue succumbed to a fire, destroying it.[6] The current statue stands in the area between the exposition's Electricity and Administration Buildings[7] (both demolished after the exposition), now an intersection, where Richards Drive joins Hayes Drive. The statue is referred to by Chicago
Chicago
historians by the colloquial name of the "Golden Lady."[8] It was designated a Chicago
Chicago
Landmark on June 4, 2003.[1]

See also[edit]

List of public art in Chicago

References[edit]

Wikimedia Commons has media related to The Republic.

^ a b c "Statue of The Republic". City of Chicago
Chicago
Department of Planning and Development, Landmarks Division. 2006-03-15. Retrieved 2007-09-14.  ^ Hermann, Andrew (1991-08-09). "Public statues are lumberman's legacy to city". Chicago
Chicago
Sun-Times. Retrieved 2009-03-18.  ^ Ira J. Bach and Mary Lackritz Gray, A Guide to Chicago's Public Sculpture, Chicago: Univ. of Chicago
Chicago
Press, 1983 ^ "Jackson Park's The Republic". Hyde Park-Kenwood Community Conference.  ^ Original photo ^ "Daniel Chester French: The Republic". Retrieved 2011-04-20.  ^ "Overlay of modern roads". Hyde Park-Kenwood Community Conference.  The new statue is in the northern triangle. ^ "Jackson Park". Encyclopedia of Chicago. Retrieved 2012-04-18. 

v t e

Benjamin Ferguson Fund works

Alexander Hamilton Statue, 1918 (Pratt/Coolidge) The Bowman and The Spearman, 1928 (Meštrović) Defense and Regeneration, 1928 (Hering) Ferguson Building Fountain of the Great Lakes, 1913 (Taft) Fountain of the Tritons, 1931 (Milles) Fountain of Time, 1922 (Taft/Van Doren Shaw) Helping Hands, 1996 (Bourgeois) I have a Dream, 1978 (Pattison) Illinois
Illinois
Centennial Monument, 1918 (Bacon/Longman) In Celebration of the 200th Anniversary of the Founding of the Republic, 1976 (Noguchi) Jacques Marquette Memorial, 1926 (MacNeil) Man Enters the Cosmos, 1980 (Moore) Man on a Bench, 1980 (Segal) Nuclear Energy, 1967 (Moore) Slabs of the Sunburnt West, 1975 (Hunt) Spirit of Music, 1923 (Polasek) Statue of The Republic, 1918 (French) The Waltz of Hands (Bourgeois)

Sculpture for DuSable Park, not yet installed (Martin Puryear)

v t e

Chicago
Chicago
Landmark memorials and monuments

National Historic Landmark, National Register of Historic Places, Chicago
Chicago
Landmark

Site of the Haymarket Tragedy Site of First Self-Sustaining Nuclear Reaction (Nuclear Energy) Union Stock Yard Gate

National Historic Landmark, National Register of Historic Places

Jean Baptiste Point Du Sable Homesite

National Register of Historic Places, Chicago
Chicago
Landmark

Douglas Tomb Getty Tomb Victory Monument

Chicago
Chicago
Landmark

Clarence Buckingham Memorial Fountain and Garden Site of the Origin of the Chicago
Chicago
Fire of 1871 Site of Fort Dearborn Heald Square Monument Site of the Origins of the I&M Canal Illinois-Indiana State Line Boundary Marker Abraham Lincoln: The Man statue Site of the John and Mary Jones House Wigwam (Site of the Sauganash Hotel) Statue of The Republic

See also

Rosehill Cemetery
Rosehill Cemetery
entrance

This Chicago
Chicago
geographical article is a stub. You can help by expanding it.

.