Wisconsin (statue)

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Lady Wisconsin.jpg
Artist Daniel Chester French
Year 1920 (1920)
Dimensions 470 cm (185 in)
Location Madison, Wisconsin
Coordinates 43°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 the "Miss 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 House of Representatives.[citation needed]



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