Wisconsin (statue)

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Lady Wisconsin.jpg
ArtistDaniel Chester French
Year1920 (1920)
Dimensions470 cm (185 in)
LocationMadison, Wisconsin
Coordinates43°4′28″N 89°23′5″W / 43.07444°N 89.38472°W / 43.07444; -89.38472

Wisconsin is a statue on top of the Wisconsin Capitol Building created by Daniel Chester French.[1]


The Wisconsin statue on the dome was sculpted during 1913-1914 by Daniel Chester French of New York City.[2] His model was Audrey Munson.[3]

The statue atop the state capitol building is named Wisconsin and was placed on the capitol dome as a symbol of the state's motto, "Forward." Daniel Chester French, who also created the Abraham Lincoln statue for the Lincoln Memorial, sculpted Wisconsin to symbolize the spirit of Wisconsin progress. She looks toward Lake Monona with her right hand outstretched, while her left hand cradles a globe with an eagle perched on it. On top of her helmet are clusters of grapes and the state animal, the badger. French sculpted the 15 foot, five inch, more than three-ton statue in 1914 for a cost of $20,325. The statue is 23 1/2 caret gold-gilded bronze.[4][5]


This work, often referred to as Lady Forward[6]" but actually named Wisconsin,[7] consists of an allegorical figure reminiscent of Athena, dressed in Greek garb, her right arm outstretched to symbolize the state motto, "Forward", and wearing a helmet topped by a badger, the Wisconsin state animal. [8] The figure's left hand holds a globe with an eagle perched on top.[9]

Wisconsin is 15 ft 5 in (4.70 m) tall and weighs 3 short tons (2.7 t).[citation needed]

The lady is also in a mural in the Wisconsin House of Representatives.[citation needed]


  1. ^ "Wisconsin State Capitol Tour". Wisconsin.gov. Retrieved 1 January 2016.
  2. ^ http://www.surroundedbyreality.com/capitols/wisconsin.asp
  3. ^ "Miss Manhattan Died In Ogdensburg". Watertown Daily Times. Retrieved 14 June 2016.
  4. ^ https://kb.wisc.edu/vip/page.php?id=11546
  5. ^ http://www.surroundedbyreality.com/capitols/wisconsin.asp
  6. ^ http://www.wpr.org/who’s-lady-lady-atop-wisconsins-state-capitol-dome
  7. ^ http://www.wpr.org/who’s-lady-lady-atop-wisconsins-state-capitol-dome
  8. ^ http://dnr.wi.gov/org/caer/ce/eek/critter/mammal/badger.htm
  9. ^ https://kb.wisc.edu/vip/page.php?id=11546


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