At Seaside Park, Bridgeport’s amazing 2.5-mile waterfront space, the 1876 Soldiers and Sailor’s Monument has been somewhat incomplete for many years. But thanks to funding from the Friends of Seaside Park, City Lights Gallery was able to “support the blossoming career” of recent Lyme Academy graduate Emily Bedard, who has recreated the Lady Liberty statue that destroyed by vandals who attacked the Civil War monument 40 years ago.
A special unveiling and dedication ceremony will be held 6 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Friday at Dragone’s Classic Car Showroom with a happy hour sponsored by the law firm of Pullman and Comley.
Suggested donation is $40, with proceeds benefiting City Lights. Click here to reserve.
The park deserves all the good it gets. Designed in the 1800s by Frederick Law Olmsted, who also designed New York’s Central Park fame, our own Seaside Park was bad news in the 1980s and into the 1990s, but recent years have seen better days thanks in large part to $9 million in improvements from 1994-2002, and because of improved police procedures.
It’s nice to see one more piece of the puzzle restored there. Let’s hope the statue stays on her perch for a good long time.
For more on the monument and the artist, read Phyllis Boros’ article in last Sunday’s Pulse.