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Image Connecticut: A sculptor who certainly left his mark

WEST HARTFORD, CT – This week's “Hidden Gem” kind of makes you go “whoa” not just because of the prominent statue, but also because of the person who created it and its lasting nationwide impact.

OK…let's set the stage. They shop in the Blue Back Square business district in West Hartford. Located at approximately 20 Main St., they overlook a series of traditional New England red brick buildings.

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Phew… there's Noah Webster.

Most of us are familiar with Mr. Webster's contributions. After all, he essentially taught us to understand words before we use them. In addition to the statue, his home in West Hartford also serves as a testament to his legacy.

Back to the statue…

To Webster's left stands a monument to Korczak Ziolkowsky, a professional artist who lived from 1908 to 1982.

Ziolkowsky was born in Boston and was self-taught. He moved to West Hartford and began selling his work throughout New England. In 1932, he donated the 13.5-foot Webster statue to the city, a two-year project.

Then, in 1939, he was living at large in South Dakota, assisting Gutzon Borglum in spelunking at Mount Rushmore.

He then returned to South Dakota and began construction of the Crazy Horse Monument, which is 563 feet tall and 641 feet long.

The Noah Webster statue. (Chris Dehnel/Patch)

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Picture Connecticut is a weekly series featuring images of the state, past and present.
Here are past pictures:

2024

  • The Cirque, Hartford

  • The Amerbelle Spillway, Rockville

  • The ECSU Gallery, Willimantic

  • Great Captain Island, Greenwich

  • Bobblehead madness, Storrs

  • Bobby Sands/Hunger Strike Memorial, Hartford

  • Mr. Jonathan goes to Hartford, Hartford

  • The newest budget airline, New Haven

  • State Groundhog is arrested, Manchester

  • Historical Seams of War, Willington

  • Big Business Week in CT, nationwide

  • The Marketplace at Guilford Food Center Guilford

  • Main Street at night, Middletown

  • The Hideout Bear, Tolland

  • The MLK mural, Manchester

  • The Mount Southington summit, Southington

2023

  • All faiths gather at Town Park, Vernon

  • Riverside Igloos, Milford

  • The TPC Pro Shop, Cromwell

  • The Santa House, North Pole, er, northern Connecticut

  • Mile 4 Funnel, Manchester Road Race, Manchester

  • UConn Lacrosse gives back, Connecticut River Valley

  • The Capitol Grounds Tour, Part 3, Hartford

  • The Capitol Grounds Tour, Part 2, Hartford

  • The Capitol Grounds Tour, Part 1, Hartford

  • The Doughboy, East Hartford

  • The Walt Whitman Stone, West Hartford

  • The Indoor Bush Plane, Hartford County

  • The big pink chair, Ellington

  • The notch, Granby

  • The CT 9/11 Memorial, Westport

  • Vintage gas pump, Somers

  • Tobacco harvest, East Windsor

  • Late afternoon, Lakeside, Coventry

  • Fogarea, New Haven County

  • Judy Black Memorial Park and Gardens, Washington Depot

  • Police boat on Connecticut River, Rocky Hill

  • The first dentist, Windsor

  • The Frog Bridge, Willimantic

  • The World War Bridge Rapids, Putnam

  • The Peeping Cow, Tolland County

  • The Ivy Lacrosse Tournament, New Canaan

  • The runway at Bradley International Airport, Windsor Locks

  • The Subway, Unionville

  • The Cow Carousel, Ellington

  • Charles Island, Milford

  • State Veterans Cemetery, Middletown

  • Glastonbury-Rocky Hill Ferry, Glastonbury/Rocky Hill

  • The Old County Jailhouse, Tolland

  • And over
  • The Sunken Garden, Farmington

  • Lafayette Tour Monument, Vernon

  • The Pinchot Maple, Simsbury

  • Bob's Discount Furniture Studios, Manchester

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