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Sunday, April 02, 2006

Gandhi in Union Square

It was appropriate on this magnificent spring day that someone had placed a flower in Gandhi's left hand. This bronze of Mohandas Gandhi by Kantilal B. Patel was installed on a traffic island on the southwest corner of Union Square Park in 1986, one year after a major renovation of the park. I have always been moved by Gandhi and this statue always brings his life to mind. A reminder of his calm and resolve in the face of adversity is perfect for one of the busiest areas in New York City. Visit this small sanctuary should you get a chance...

17 comments:

Nicola said...

Very nice gesture with the flower! Looks like a nice spot for a traffic island.

Sam said...

This is a lovely picture - that statue is terrific, it looks like he's just strolling along in the park. Amazing.

luggi said...

What a contrast from the preceding post!

Andrea said...

Love the flower on his hand...and cute cowboys(yesterday post)!!!

Rob said...

Nice shot and statue. The garden looks as though it needs tending.

luminlight said...

Is that larger than life-size? I know nothing about Gandhi, but his complexion certainly shows a calm wisdom within himself.

Edwin Sumun said...

how wonderful to have a statue of this great man in your city! it must be a very popular place for people to sit and comtemplate life.

thank you. you gave me the opportunity of calming my restlessness, even for a few minutes.

kualalumpurdailyphoto

heidi said...

This was a good time to snap a photo, with the flower in his hand, it adds interest. I really like your narrative. You can tell you take the time to research and think carefully about your topic. I didn't have you linked on my site but would be happy to add you on.

-Heidi

Brian said...

Thanks for all the kind words.
We have had trouble posting today, hope to be up later...
Lucy

chris.h. said...

Lovely shot--I hope that dosnt suffer from bad graffitti? It would probably have to be cleaned daily round here.

Karine said...

This is such a peaceful little park and that statue reinforces that feeling. I like that spot a lot especially since it is located in a not so quiet part of the city. And it stroke me the first time I saw Gandhi in a busy area. Nice.

Brian said...

Finally, we overcame our tormenting problem with Blogger, so we're back, thank heavens! Sorry for the delay! Yes, Gandhi is a particular hero of ours and seeing him honored in the midst of one of the busiest and most commercial areas of the city is surprising and validating for those of us who value non violence and simplicity...thank you for your kind comments.
Lucy & Brian

Yasser Rahman said...

The Man was greater than the statue is :)

Amazing...didnt know he was respected world over :) Nice picture

David said...

This is weird. There is an almost exact duplicate of this statue in Washington, DC! It's near Dupont Circle. I'll see if I can get a photo and post it at my wife's DC Daily Photo blog.

Union Square is always changing! I hope Gandhi is headed toward Zen Palate or Republic.

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Anonymous said...

Christ gave us the goals and Mahatma Gandhi the tactics.

— Martin Luther King Jr, 1955

Anonymous said...

God Bless New York, I Love New York. God bless USA. I am proud to be it's Resident. Vidyasagar Sriramoju