Angel of Peace comes to the Green
(9/1/2006) The Angel of Peace, the 5,000-pound bronze statue which tops the New Haven Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Monument on East Rock, will be delivered to the New Haven Green on Tuesday, Sept. 5, 2006, where a conservator will begin restoring the statue.
Mayor John DeStefano, Jr. asked that the Angel of Peace be restored on the Green so that New Haveners could see the famous statue up close. “This incredibly beautiful monument is a worthy legacy because it not only memorializes the sacrifices made by so many generations of soldiers, it also communicates the wish of all Americans for peace,” DeStefano said.
A ceremony of welcome is planned for 11 a.m. at the flagpole on the Green Tuesday morning and the public is invited. A city photographer will snap free photos of people with the angel between 11 a.m. and noon. The James Hillhouse JROTC will post the colors accompanied by a musical performance by band students. The Elm Parks Conservancy will announce that it has commissioned a special medallion of the Angel of Peace that will be available for purchase this fall.
ConservArt in Hamden will work on the statue for approximately two weeks, so the public will have a chance over that time span to visit and see the statue up close over the two weeks.
The City of New Haven and the New Haven Register have been inviting and publishing peoples’ wishes for peace on their websites. People can email the City with their wishes for the world—along with photos if they wish—and their messages will be displayed on a special website linked to the City’s main page and on the New Haven’s Register’s website. Wishes and photos can be emailed to email@example.com or to firstname.lastname@example.org. The wishes are displayed at www.cityofnewhaven.com or www.NHRegister.com
The 11.5-foot Angel of Peace is the crowning majesty of the New Haven Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Monument, which stands in honor of those Americans who have served their country in battle throughout history. Commissioned in 1885 and completed in 1887, the monument was inspired by the Civil War but has since become a tribute to all of America’s veterans.
The monument’s square pedestal comprises four different bas-relief sculptures commemorating the Revolutionary War, the War of 1812, the Mexican War, and the Civil War. On each corner of the pedestal sits a bronze female figure, the four women together representing Patriotism, Victory, Prosperity, and History.
In February, the New Haven parks department had the Angel of Peace removed from atop East Rock and shipped to a foundry in Flushing, NY before being returned to Connecticut for further restoration. The statue is a landmark for New Haven - approximately 250,000 cars pass the Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Monument each day on Interstate 91.