Saturday, May 1, 2010

Theme Day: Statues

Today, May 1, 2010 is Theme Day across the CDPB CityDailyPhotoBlog community. She's on the move again. The"Little Water Girl" that is. She made her appearance in the 70's in Deering Oaks, near the Post Office on Park Avenue. Later in 1979, when the 'new' Portland Public Library was built at Monument Square, she was placed in the darkened courtyard behind the bars of the entranceway. But now, after the Library's renovations have been revealed. Voila!! She has been moved to a 'place of honor' in the lobby, overlooking the Square, inside out of the elements. And great news... the working fountain has been restored! Now, a bit of history--- there were four 'water girl' statues. The others were in London, Detroit and Chicago. The statue recognizes Lillian Ames Stevens, the second president of the Women's Christian Temperance Union, and was donated by the Union to the city in 1917. Take a look. She's a real beauty!


13 comments:

  1. She is a lovely statue and I'm glad she is in a place for all to enjoy.
    Did you mean to say City Daily Photo Blog?
    Sunny :)

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  2. She really is a beauty and how wonderful to see her new location and the water actually working. And clever you to fit an additional statue into this image. Way to go, Birdman.

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  3. It's interesting to me to see how delicacy can be found in a statue!

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  4. The Women's Christian Temperance Union once set off several sticks of dynamite at the front doors of the Bryan Kitt saloon in Gordon, Ohio where I was born. It blew the doors off and wrecked the entrance.

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  5. How beautiful! And two statues for the price of one. The history is fascinating. Thanks.

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  6. Very pretty statue. I love water fountain statues. Have a great weekend.

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  7. Wow she sure is a beauty! I love the way you took her picture too so that we could see out of her window.

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  8. Nice perspective with the Soldier's and Sailor's Monument in the background.

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  9. I'm so glad the water girl has been given a place of prominence and that her fountain is flowing once again. I like that you got another prominent Portland City statue into your post as well.

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