I'm missing Uncle Sam - Part II
|A mule at Stewart's in Saratoga Avenue in Waterford|
I loved driving through the Collar City, checking out those patriotic gentlemen as I navigated the city streets.
Since they've been gone, it seems like I can't go anywhere without running into statues in other communities. Whether it's the squirrels in Olean, the frogs in Erie, Pennsylvania or the horses and ballet slippers in Saratoga Springs, seeing them just makes me miss those Uncle Sam statues even more.
In doing a little research for the blog post, I discovered that this worldwide public art craze for over-sized fiberglass statues start in 1999 with cows in Chicago.
Well, we can add another community to the list: Waterford.
Five life-size statues have been installed throughout the town to honor the animal's contribution to the history of the canal system and the 50th anniversary of the Waterford Historical Museum and Cultural Center.
According to a story by Record reporter Danielle Sanzone in today's print and online editions, the mules were designed by local artists and will be auctioned off in October to benefit the museum and cultural center.
I think they're kind of cute and colorful -- but I'm still missing my Uncle Sams!
|Record Chief Photographer Mike McMahon found this mule statue at the Waterford Harbor Visitors Center.|