a fake fake eagle and a real hawk
Monday, December 3 2001
As usual, I took Sally for a walk this afternoon in the Valley of Cashmere. As I passed Grand Army Plaza, I saw there was a Red Tailed Hawk perched atop the eagle which crowns the bellicose bronze statue on the triumphal arch. When I saw he was still there on my way out of the park a half hour later, I ran to get my video camera, which features a good zoom lens. In looking at these pictures, I realize that though the figures in the statue are larger than life size, the eagle is actually smaller. In the statue it must therefore represent a fake eagle, not a real one. The presence of a genuine hawk perched on its shoulder seemed to call into question the significance of the whole damn monument.
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