37/52 -- Victory
Monument Circle is at the heart of Indianapolis, home of the Soldiers' and Sailors' Monument. The monument was completed in 1901 and dedicated in 1902 to the Hoosier soldiers from the American Revolution, the War of 1812, the Mexican-American War, the Spanish-American War, and the Civil War. The limestone monument stands 284 feet high, and it is crowned by a bronze sculpture called "Victory".
In early 2011, Victory was removed from her perch above the city for the first time since she was installed in 1893 during the construction of the monument. Like the Statue of Liberty, Victory is a hollow bronze sculpture, and after 117 years in the elements, she needed repairs and renovation to stop some water leaks that were causing damage to the monument.
Victory underwent a $1.5 million restoration, and she was returned to the Circle at the beginning of September, giving everyone the chance to see Victory up close for the first time in 117 years (and likely the last time in our lifetimes). She is 38 feet tall and weighs over 20,000 pounds. George Thomas Brewster designed Victory, a woman holding a sword in her right hand and raising a gilded torch in her left hand. She stands on a globe, and the eagle on her head represents freedom.
I went to Monument Circle to see her twice, and both times, there were a couple hundred people standing on the sidewalk to take photos and admire the sculpture affectionately called "Miss Indiana". The weather was mostly overcast, so I found the lighting conditions challenging, but I still got some once-in-a-lifetime photos.
Even the scaffolding and mess of yellow bindings can't detract from Victory's noble beauty. I'm looking forward to seeing this lady returned to her home above the city, but it was amazing to have the chance to see her up close!