Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Wayback Machine: A rare case of a campign promise being fulfilled (1979)
In Feb., 1979 the head and torch of the Statue of Liberty appeared on frozen Lake Mendota, looking as if Lady Liberty had been entombed in ice up to her chin. It fulfilled the campaign promise by student government candidates Jim Mallon and Leon Varjian, heads of the Pail and Shovel Party, who had promised to bring the Statue of Liberty to Madison. The original was torched by an unknown arsonist. Different iterations of Lady Liberty appeared on Lake Mendota several more times. A simplified version without a hand went up in 2009, the 30th anniversary of her first appearance. And once she appeared on Lake Monona, in front of the Monona Terrace, as part of the Kites on Ice festival in 2001. Here's hoping she pays us a return visit one of these days.