Statue of Liberty Plaza dedication – plus concert time change

September 6, 2008 at 3:18 pm | In Alki Statue of Liberty, West Seattle news, West Seattle video | 4 Comments

Almost exactly a year after the recast Alki Statue of Liberty was unveiled for the first time – it was unveiled again this afternoon during the dedication ceremony for the Alki Statue of Liberty Plaza, which also included a ribboncutting for the plaza itself — as you can see in our video, a beautiful sight with a city fireboat show just offshore (and a little bit of a breeze-fueled snag before the draping came off!). Hundreds of people were on hand, including many who worked on the project, and even some of the men (like Harald Sund, featured in this P-I story) who were among the Boy Scouts that helped dedicate the original statue (which is now on display at the Log House Museum‘s gift shop) more than half a century ago; the city was represented by West Seattle-residing Councilmember Tom Rasmussen (who chairs the Parks and Seattle Center Committee) and Parks Department Deputy Superintendent Christopher Williams (they’re standing screen-right from Plaza Project Committee co-chairs Paul and Libby Carr in this short clip of the ribboncutting):

We’ll add a few more notes and images later, but first an advisory: If you’re going to the luminaria-lit concert at the plaza tonight, it was announced at the ceremony that the time has been moved up to 7 pm – we’ll have some video of the concert, luminaria, and hopefully the new pedestal’s lantern, in addition to some more of today’s sights and sounds. (All WSB Alki Statue of Liberty coverage is archived here, including many updates from the past 14 months of plaza fundraising and construction.)

4 Comments

  1. Wonderful Summer day for a special event! Little Lady Liberty could not have had a better day to come home!

    Comment by Living in West Seattle since 1985 — 12:25 am September 7, 2008 #

  2. After the dedication ceremony we walked over to visit the Log House Museum. To our surprise, we discovered that they had a display that detailed the original 1952 ceremony and some of the contents from the time capsule that the scouts had placed at the base of the statue, which was opened in 2000. Then we found out that the original Lady Liberty statue was in the Carriage House (gift shop behind the log house), so we posed for pictures with her. My son is a 7-year old Boy Scout and was all decked out in his uniform, and it was a very special day for us!!

    Comment by Lisa Lancaster — 12:58 am September 7, 2008 #

  3. The Log House Museum really is a special place. We discovered the old statue was there, somewhat unannounced, a few months ago and wrote about it here (with a pic):
    http://westseattleblog.com/blog/?p=6889

    Comment by WSB — 1:16 am September 7, 2008 #

  4. Dear WSB–
    Thanks again for all the help in getting the word out about the Seattle Statue of Liberty Plaza Project. Keeping people informed and up-to-date helped keep up the energy necessary to bring this project to its wonderful fruition last week.
    The SSLPP has basically finished what it set out to do. However, so many people wanted bricks after they saw the substantially completed plaza that Seattle Parks and Recreation has allowed Urban Sparks (the SSLPP Fiscal Sponsor) to offer a limited amount of bricks until the end of the year in a “one-time-only” sale. The inscribed bricks will be placed around the middle of 2009, and there will be no more brick sales.
    Bricks are limited to the 4″ X 8″ size, and prices are somewhat higher, but you can download a brick form and instructions at http://www.sealady.org.
    Thank you again, and thanks to everyone who has contributed so much time, effort, and money to this project.
    Paul & Libby Carr, Co-Chairs,
    Seattle Statue of Liberty Plaza Project

    Comment by Paul Carr — 10:57 am September 16, 2008 #

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