Monday, August 3, 2015

Sights ~ The Burnside Statue ~ Providence

"How do you like me now?"

Regular visitors to Burnside Park downcity may have noticed a change in the eponymous statue.

Here's how General Burnside looked up until a week or so ago:

Gen Ambrose Burnside equestrian statue

and a close-up

Gen Ambrose Burnside equestrian statue


And here's how he looks today.

Burnside statue

and a close-up

Burnside statue

The Providence Journal wrote a report on the restoration of the statue, which apparently also includes replacing some elements of the statue that have disappeared in its 128-year history: a canteen, a scabbard, etc. The work is being done by Natick sculptor and restorer Jeffrey Buccacio, Jr.

Just for fun, here's a photo from the Journal of the partial restoration. You can see the difference quite clearly.

The Providence Journal/Sandor Bodo