General Robert E. Lee And The Summer Solstice In New Orleans
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Update Notes: This photograph one of a series taken same day, same time has now become a valuable and rare photograph. I photographed three of the four statues removing of the Confederate statues including General Robert E. Lee have been removed from public viewing. This dramatic photo taken in New Orleans, Louisiana at Lee Circle and the backlighting from the sun creates a silhouette stalk and dramatic image of the Historic Statue of General Robert E. Lee. This photo and my other original photo are part of a new series titled The Summer Solstice at The General Robert E. Lee monument, the original photo appears on my personal web page taken over 35 years ago. One of a series of a New Orleans iconic event as the sun sets in the western sky during the summer solstice. New Orleans has in common as Stonehenge, Mayan Pyramids, New York, at that exact moment the sun pierces though man made structures. In New Orleans on that one day, as the sun is setting in the sky appears on that particular street.
Lee Circle is a traffic circle in the warehouse district of New Orleans. It is dominated by a large monument that honors general Robert E. Lee, commander of the Confederate army during the Civil War.
Lee Circle was originally created in 1807 as part of a grand - but mostly unrealized - plan by architect Barth�l�my Lafon to develop a new neighborhood. At the time it was known as the Place du Tivoli (Tivoli Square) and encircled by the water of the Tivoli Canal.
In 1877, just twelve years after the Civil War, it was rededicated as Lee Circle in honor of Confederate general Robert E. Lee.
Robert E. Lee Monument
The monument honoring the general was inaugurated in 1884. It shows a 12 ft (4m) statue of general Lee on top of a 60ft (18m) tall Doric column which is set on a rectangular base built on a mound at the center of the traffic circle. Four wide stairways flanked by decorative urns lead to the monument.
Lee, who led the Confederate troops during the Civil War against the northern Union army from 1862 until the capitulation of the Confederates in 1865, is shown standing towards the north, as if to defy his adversaries.
The statue was sculpted by Alexander Doyle while John Roy created the marble column. The photo was slightly darkened to fine tune shadows.
May 21st, 2014
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