Entries in Statue (4)


Statue of Rosa Parks Unveiled, Politicians Pay Tribute

BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- President Obama and congressional leaders paid tribute to Rosa Parks Wednesday during Black History Month, as the civil rights pioneer took her “rightful place” among those who have shaped the nation’s history.

“She defied the odds and she defied injustice,” Obama said at the unveiling of a statue of Rosa Parks at the U.S. Capitol. “She lived a life of activism, but also a life of dignity and grace. And in a single moment, with the simplest of gestures, she helped change America and change the world.”

In 1955, Parks refused to move to the back of a segregated bus in Montgomery, Ala., sparking a movement against racial prejudice with one simple act. More than half a century later, she became the first African-American woman honored with a statute in the U.S. Capitol’s Statuary Hall.

“With this statue, we affirm that the courage and the cause of Rosa Parks not only earned her a place in the hearts of all Americans, but a permanent place among the other figures in this hall of national memory,” Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell proclaimed. “This simple carpenter’s daughter from Tuskegee is honored as a national hero. What a story. What a legacy. What a country.”

The “seamstress slight in stature but mighty in courage” continues to inspire Americans to face today’s challenges, Obama said.

“Rosa Parks tells us there's always something we can do. She tells us that we all have responsibilities to ourselves and to one another. She reminds us that this is how change happens -- not mainly through the exploits of the famous and the powerful but through the countless acts of often anonymous courage and kindness and fellow feeling and responsibility that continually, stubbornly expand our conception of justice, our conception of what is possible,” he said.

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Albert Einstein Memorial Statue Is Yarn-Bombed

LUKE FRAZZA/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- A large bronze statue of scientist Albert Einstein on Thursday was mysteriously covered entirely in colorful yarn.

Well, it's not such a mystery. The artist Olek, whose work consists primarily of crochet and sculpture, took responsibility for the work, tweeting a photo of the "yarn storming in DC" at 6:05 a.m. Thursday.

The statue, located on the grounds of the National Academy of Sciences, was wrapped in bright pink and purple crocheted yarn. The figure, which appears to be seated, is 12 feet in height.

"Wow, this is Awesome! You're like the Banksy of yarn," one viewer tweeted in response to the image.

But apparently, not everyone had the same level of appreciation for the Brooklyn-based artist's work.

According to the blog DCist, the Einstein memorial was divested of its covering after just a few hours.

"Oh no! I am so sad about someone unwrapping it," Olek told DCist in an email.

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Texas Rangers to Honor Dead Baseball Fan with Statue

Ronald Martinez/Getty Images(ARLINGTON, Texas) -- One of saddest sports stories of the summer occurred at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington, Texas last month when a 39-year-old man fell over the railing to his death while trying to catch a baseball tossed by Rangers outfielder Josh Hamilton.

What made the accident even more tragic was that Shannon Stone was attending the game with his six-year-old son, Cooper, who watched his father fall 20 feet onto a cement embankment.

This week, the Rangers organization announced it has commissioned the building of a statue to honor Shannon Stone that will be placed outside the stadium.

Entitled "Rangers Fans," the statue will feature the Brownwood, Texas firefighter and his son.

CEO and club president Nolan Ryan -- a Hall of Fame pitcher who played for Texas -- said, "I want for people to remember Shannon and Cooper.  And I want our fans to know that they represent what we are all about, about family entertainment and making memories."

In addition, there have been charities set up to take care of the financial needs of Stone's widow and her son.

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Gerald Ford Honored with Statue at Capitol

Tom Williams/Roll Call(WASHINGTON) -- A statue honoring the late President Gerald Ford was dedicated Tuesday in the rotunda at the U.S. Capitol building.

Speaking at the ceremony on Tuesday, Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell praised Ford’s leadership during the bitter days after Watergate, when McConnell said Americans had lost confidence in its government.

“That bitterness has yielded to a sense of pride that America, in her resilience, bounced back,” McConnell said. He said that Americans were overcome with “a sense of gratitude to the man who steadied the ship of state when scandal came.”

House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi recalled Ford’s 1993 visit to the Capitol, when he celebrated his 90th birthday.

“He was like a rock star,” Pelosi said Tuesday. “Everyone surrounded him.  It he moved through the chamber, it was just...he was engulfed by members.”

Ford, who served as the 38th president, died in 2006 after suffering a number of health complications.

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