More Alki Liberty Plaza dedication: Sunset concert, lantern, more



If you wondered what a lantern would look like in the new Alki Statue of Liberty pedestal – there’s two views of the answer: A soft blue. That’s one of the lights that graced tonight’s sunset concert capping the daylong dedication event, along with luminarias on the seawall:


While the bagged candles gently flickered (with a precautionary fire extinguisher here and there!), Jeanette Anderson played piano, accompanied by violin, on a waterfront stage – hmm, how about an Alki sunset concert series next year?

A few more sights and sounds from today (besides the unveiling and ribboncutting video featured in our earlier report), just ahead:

There was music earlier in the day, too – several other performing acts, but also a special song performed by Plaza Project Committee co-chair Paul Carr just before the re-unveiling/ribbon-cutting – here’s a video excerpt:

A few short speeches, too – City Councilmember Tom Rasmussen had a few well-chosen words as he described the site’s significance, after reminiscing about how it became an impromptu gathering place after the 9/11 attacks:

A few more sights: Thanks to Gary J for this photo of the Yankee Clipper, which joined the fireboat Leschi as a nautical backdrop for today’s ceremony:


Thanks to Pam of Nerd’s Eye View for this unique view of the statue, standing strong:


And thanks to Bob Bollen for this view – people just milling on the plaza between events:


Plaza Committee co-chair Libby Carr announced today, by the way, that a time capsule will be placed at the site at some point in the not-too-distant future; as we reported on Thursday, another round of brick sales — to be engraved on site — is under way too, to raise money for a plaza maintenance fund – more info at

3 Replies to "More Alki Liberty Plaza dedication: Sunset concert, lantern, more"

  • lina September 7, 2008 (4:22 pm)

    i LOVE the idea of an alki concert series!! i think it would go over swimmingly here! as long as it is now on saturday nights in the summer, because that is the night we go to movies on the wall!

  • misa September 7, 2008 (9:05 pm)

    Anyone for a green patina colored light to blend with the statue instead of the blue. or even a soft white?

  • Paul Carr September 11, 2008 (2:47 pm)

    Thank You, WSB
    We all appreciate your great coverage of the Dedication Ceremony and the festivities for the new Plaza at the Alki Beach Statue of Liberty, but we also wanted to thank you for the coverage you have given to us in our efforts to raise the money for the plaza over the past year. As with any public endeavor, the comments were “varied”, and that’s what a blog is for. But all that coverage raised the awareness of the West Seattle community, and they responded wonderfully.
    In any event like this, things get overlooked. Two major factors that made us a success were not actually thanked enough during the celebration, for which we apologize. The first was our own committee, the SSLPP people, and the second was the West Seattle Blog itself. Your coverage played a big part in our success, and it is a pleasure to see the growth WSB has enjoyed. We understand it is Seattle’s premier blog, as well as a growing news organization. Congratulations, and thanks again.
    It really is a joy for both of us to be a part of something that so many people wanted, and were willing to work for, for so long. Anyone who believes that local citizens with a good idea no longer can accomplish something significant just needs to talk to the citizens of West Seattle.
    We also want to thank all the people of West Seattle for their steadfastness; many of them waited for years to see their brick money turn into a real brick. They could have given up. Instead, they doubled their efforts to finish the job.
    When the new effort started last year, we were frankly amazed at the number of people ready to help. Generally, lots of people often volunteer initially for a project, but few turn out and roll up their sleeves. In this case, virtually everyone who said they would help actually did so, and willingly.
    Bless you all, and thank you.
    Paul & Libby Carr, Co-Chairs,
    Seattle Statue of Liberty Plaza Project

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