Sunday, October 11, 2009

World's largest statue of a woman with a badger on her head?

World's Largest Statue of a Woman with a Badger on Her Head?
My photo of the Capitol dome reflected in windows across the street at sunset was taken a few days before they put up the scaffolding that now surrounds the top of the dome. They must be doing some more renovation. The statue is by sculptor Daniel Chester French.

She is a gilded bronze statue named "Wisconsin," which symbolizes the state motto, "Forward." Wisconsin is 15 feet, 5 inches tall and weighs over 3 tons.

That must make her the largest statue of a woman with a badger on her head in the world. I mean, who else would bother?


Anonymous said...

I think it's sorta sweet that Ms Forward has a little badger on her head. Just one question: Why?

Madison Guy said...

Kind of a wacky tribute to our history as the Badger State:

The name 'Badger' state for Wisconsin had its origin in the lead mining districts of southwestern Wisconsin. Miners from the south (Illinois) in the early days were in the habit of working in the lead mines during the summer and returning south for the winter, migrating like suckers [a species of fish], hence the name 'Sucker" state. Those who came from the east, however, could not return to their homes in the winter and made for themselves 'dugouts' in the sides of the bluffs and hills, burrowing like badgers, hence 'Badgers' or permanent residents of the Wisconsin country.

Kind of weird to think that if we'd been named after a different group of lead miners, we'd be called the sucker state.