February 10, 2006

Peace symbol on the lake.

An artist made a big peace sign out of Christmas trees out on the ice on Lake Mendota:



MORE: A commenter asks "Where's Lake Mendota"? Hmmm.... Well, you can always get a good look at Lake Mendota, right now, here. There have been some art projects on the lake ice before, most famously, this one:



Anyway, the lake, here in Madison, Wisconsin, is not where Otis Redding died.

20 comments:

Dave said...

Where's Lake Mendota?

Nick said...

So... will people on the right complain because those damn leftists peacenicks have made a public display against the war in Iraq... or will people on the left complain because its a blatant show of religion to use Christmas trees in a public space?

jeff said...

Or will the eco-left complain because he's damaging a wetland?

PatCA said...

Let's all hold hands and sing Imagine. That'll solve everything!

Brad V said...

Lake Mendota is the largest of the lakes here in Madison, Wisconsin.

There's also Monona, Waubesa, Kegonsa, and Wingra.

Longfellow actually wrote a poem about the four largest called "The Four Lakes of Madison."

http://www.farid-hajji.net/books/en/Longfellow_Henry_Wadsworth/cpw-243.html

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Dave said...

You know, right after I asked where the lake was I googled it and figured it out for myself.

Duh.

But nice pix.

Jeremy said...

If that the work of an artist then I am Grandma Moses.

Freeman Hunt said...

I think the trees on the ice are kind of pretty, but I love the Lady Liberty one. That's pretty clever.

in_the_middle said...

i loved seeing this post, it's a nice break. i spent most of my years at UW living at the SAE house on the lake, and i'll never forget the first time the ice broke in a springtime windstorm and came crashing on shore in the middle of the night. coming from the arid state of colorado, i thought a jet had landed out there.

in my first year at uw, it only took me a week or so to be confident enough to walk on the ice on mendota from my dorm room over to campus. it shortened the walk along the lakeshore path, but hearing the gurgling of water underneath always made me a bit skittish.

until i saw a band of vw beetles driving on it one day, i never understood just how freakin cold it gets up there.

AJD said...

Lovely pics, all three.

But what was the statute of liberty made of?!

Gaius Arbo said...

LOVE the Statue of Liberty one. That is really creative. Bet it stopped traffic, too!

Pastor_Jeff said...

"You maniacs! You blew it up! Ah, damn you to hell!"

They filmed that in Madison? In the winter, no less? Who knew?

Meade said...

O Christmas tree, O Christmas tree!
How are thy leaves so verdant!

PatCA said...

I like the Statue of Liberty one, too. Creative, spooky!

BTW Iowahawk has a pretty funny Wisconsin piece up.

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Palladian said...

Trivia! One of the people responsible for the Statue of Liberty stunt (and also the 1008 plastic flamingos on Bascom Hill) was Jim Mallon, who went on to be the executive producer of Mystery Science Theater 3000 (and the voice of Gypsy!)

John said...

waitaminute, I thought that was Kevin Murphy? I remember that, because I remember reading about that somewhere (I think it was on the cover of the Wisconsin State Journal when I was a paperboy). years later I heard about that guy who was the president of the student body who did it, and I thought that was Murphy.

now I'm gonna be a basket case! I'VE BEEN LIVING A LIE!!!

Ann Althouse said...

Follow the link for the the Liberty statue to get answers to various questions.

"The presence of Lady Liberty on Lake Mendota was the handiwork of Jim Mallon and Leon Varjian, the two leaders of the University of Wisconsin-Madison's notorious Pail and Shovel (P&S) party."

"the statue had been constructed in a woodworking shop out of chicken wire, papier-mâché, and plywood.."

Some serious work went into building that statue. People remember it fondly because it was so well done and so amusing.

The Christmas tree thing, on the other hand. First, did you note that the article just called them "evergreens," as if there was some way to get a lot of evergreens that wasn't picking up all the discarded Christmas trees we've all left out at the curb? Anyway, it was pretty easy to just collect people's trees and then stick them in the ice. Very little artistry here.

As to leaving them to litter the lake, the article credits the artist with risking his safety to retrieve the trees from the thin ice.

boston70 said...

Fond memories of Madison. I went to the UW in the 80's and lady liberty and the flamingos on the hill were pretty cool. I am originally from Waunakee which is north of Madison about 10 miles.
Nice place to visit or go to school but I wouldn't want to live there.
I prefer the east coast.