My World Tuesday: Bushnell Park, Hartford, Connecticut

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This is the Cornell Fountain in Bushnell Park, Hartford, Connecticut. Here's what the Bushnell Park Foundation has to say about this work of art: Erected in 1899 and presented by John Corning (Corning Glass Works of New York) as a tribute to his father, a Hartford businessman who operated a grist mill on the site. Designed by James Massey Rhind of New York, the sculpture uses a Native American theme, rather than a classical one, which would have been more typical of the period. The monument is made of marble and stone, 30 feet tall, with the figure of a stag (or "Hart" for Hartford) surrounded by Saukiog Indians, the city's first inhabitants.

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  1. amazing how well the statues compliment the more modern architecture. love your photos.

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  2. That's quite a monument. The deer on the very top is quite impressive also. I like the conjunction of th warrior with the State Capitol (at least I think its the State Capitol) in the back.

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  3. Impressive monument, and a pretty interesting piece of history in the out-link too. Historical evidence of the limitless-ness of possibilities.

    I'd wondered if the Bushnell name was connected to Bushnell optics somehow. It doesn't appear to be, but I didn't follow the link for the good Rev. Bushnell so maybe there's a connection.

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  4. Impressive fountain, I like the hart on top!

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  5. Yes they are standouts and actually the way you captured against the blue blue sky is a great highlight:)

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  6. What a beautiful Fountain! Really outstanding and, I too, love how you've caught them against that vivid blue sky! Thanks, too, for the history, always enjoy that! I do find it an interesting choice for a sculpture of that time period and I love it! Have a great day, Sandy!

    Sylvia

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  7. Wonderful sculpture. It's so expressive and unique.

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  8. I've enjoyed the whole post, Sandy. Wonderful images of the monument, with a deep blue sky and a great light.

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  9. Looks like things are still beautiful in Hartford...Not far from my family's homeplace in Old Mystic..
    Great shots!
    Have a happy week Sandy!
    hughugs

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  10. A beautiful fountain, Sandy! Great photos for "your world." :)

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  11. It's refreshing to see something less 'classical' and the expressions on the faces are so sad and dignified.

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  12. Lovely sequence of shots! The fountain is wonderful!

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  13. Sandi: That is such a beautiful statue.

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  14. A very interesting piece of sculpture. The native Americans on the top seem sad and defeated while the ones below appear defiant. But, perhaps I read too much meaning into it.

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  15. these are very beautiful

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  16. Just beaautiful Sandy.

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  17. Marvelous sculptures. I really like the indian one. The one with the headdress looks magnificent. The other looks angry.

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  18. Anonymous5:11 PM

    Great captures of a wonderful subject. Interesting too! Thanks.

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  19. Anonymous5:18 PM

    great job on the sculptures, i especially enjoyed the close up of the indian headress.

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  20. Beautiful statues! Thanks for stopping by Healthy Moms and leaving us a comment. Have a wonderful Monday!

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  21. Great shots with details. Nice views of the place.

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  22. This is a very striking fountain. I like the Native American theme. Thanks for sharing it with us.

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  23. That is gorgeous monument! I wish I had been more interested in such things when I lived in Groton when I was first married.

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  24. Hi there Sandy. Always great pikkies, and stories on your page!

    Good to catch up.

    Have sent you an email re a young couple who are friends of my daughter. They are driving a van converted to run on vegetable oil, across the US, about to break a world record and have recently visited my daughter in NYC and are looking for more schools to promote their environmental message. I have included their email address, and website Driven to Sustain...they are also on facebook.

    Hope you don't mind my doing this, but you do seem like a very dedicated teacher and I thought that maybe you or some other teacher at your school may be interested...since they are still looking for schools in your area at present, I think.

    regards, Annie

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  25. Beautiful sculptures. Amazing details.

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  26. Great sculptures and monuments!
    Stunning captures.

    Have lovely day Sandy.

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  27. Sandy, great artists to create such a beautiful monument. I think it is fantastic that they used the Indians than the usual classical greek statues. The blue sky sets off the whole monument wonderfully.

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  28. Wow!!! Very impressive monument! I like the last photo the most!!!!

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  29. An interesting monument and story.

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  30. I love that third one!

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  31. I love Native art and have been seeing a lot of it in my mini travels lately. Imagine the work that went into these beauties. Very nicely photographed - I love the perspectives.

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  32. This was really great. I agree with Hilary in the fact that I am very attracted to Native art. I really liked the close up of the indian in head dress. Thanks for sharing your world!

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  33. i love the contrast within the statue itself and in your picture of it against the smooth blue sky.

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  34. I love the Indian! I mean they're all nice but I love the Indian!

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