Thursday, August 31, 2017

Exact Replica: Flamme de la Liberté (Flame of Liberty) - Paris, France

Flamme de la Liberté
(Flame of Liberty)
Paris, France



N 48° 51.851 E 002° 18.053






Short Description: 

Flamme de la Liberté (The Flame of Liberty) is located on pedestrian overpass over the Avenue des New York at Place de L'Alma, in Paris. It is directly above the underpass in which Princess Diana died in an automobile accident on on August 31, 1997. It is now become an unofficial memorial to Princess Diana.

Long Description:

The Flamme de la Liberté (The Flame of Liberty) is an exact, gold-leaf-covered, copy of the flame on the Statue of Liberty in New York Harbor. It was given to the City of Paris in 1989 by the International Herald Tribune and funded by public subscription at a cost of $400,000.

A plaque on the base of the flame is describes its purpose in English translation:

The Flame of Liberty. An exact replica of the Statue of Liberty's flame offered to the people of France by donors throughout the world as a symbol of the Franco-American friendship. On the occasion of the centennial of the International Herald Tribune. Paris 1887-1987.

More recently it has become a de facto shrine to the late Diana, Princess of Wales who died in an automobile accident in the tunnel below the Flame of Liberty on August 31, 1997.

Friday, August 18, 2017

Mural: Sound Wave - Northampton, MA

Sound Wave
North Street
Northampton, MA


N 42° 19.541 W 072° 37.924



Quick Description: 

A retaining wall along North Street in Northampton, MA has been transformed into a digital representation of a sound wave keyed to the time of day.
Location: Massachusetts, United States





Long Description:

The 128' long by 8' high Sound Wave mural completely covers a cinder block retaining wall for a parking lot along North Street. At the top, the mural is marked off in hourly intervals beginning at 7 pm and ending at 7 pm, 24 hours later. The mural is a digital depiction of a blue and black sound wave against an orange (upper) and gray (lower) background. The Sound Wave starts loudly, diminished in intensity after midnight until 6 am when it increases in intensity to 7 pm the following day. Thus the digital sound wave is a true indication of sound levels throughout the day.



The mural was created in 2012 by four artists: Carolyn Clayton, Dana Wilde, Darya Diamond & Perry Huntoon of the Creative Community Collective, a.k.a. C3.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Roadside Attraction: Tallest Uncle Sam in the World - Lake George, NY

Tallest Uncle Sam in the World
Lake George, NY


N 43° 23.754 W 073° 42.190



Quick Description: 

The World's tallest statue of Uncle Sam is located outside the Magic Forest amusement park in Lake George, NY.



Long Description:

In the parking area outside the Magic Forest Amusement Park stands a giant fiberglass Uncle Sam statue. The statue is surrounded by a low iron fence. A sign on the fence is inscribed:

HERE STANDS UNCLE SAM
THE WORLD'S TALLEST UNCLE SAM
WAS BOUGHT FROM DANBURY
FAIR IN 1981. ERECTED HERE AT
MAGIC FOREST IN 1982. HE STANDS 
38 FEET TALL, WEIGHS 4,500 LBS.
AND IS MADE OF FIRERGLASS.
REPAINTED WITH ACME BASE COAT
CLEAR COAT SYSTEM IN 1992.