Correction to Missing Bronze Plates of Honor Roll Monument

Honor Roll Monument
Honor Roll Monument

In my previous post about Honor Roll Monument at Prospect Park, I suspect that the two missing bronze plates were victims of vandalism or theft in the 50’s or 60’s.

Afterwards, I sent an inquiry email to the archive department of the Prospect Park. The archivist, Amy replied today with a surprising answer:

Dear Hui,

Thank you for your inquiry about the Honor Roll Monument in Prospect Park. I don’t have details about when or why the plaques were removed but I understand they are in storage with the Parks Department. I have included a link to the Parks Department write up about the memorial

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Sincerely yours,

Amy

It is somewhat puzzling because from the online pictures, those bronze plates have been removed for at least half a year or even longer. If cleaning all six plates sequentially is a systematic project, why to choose two which are not even adjacent?

But I am glad to know that they are still in good hand. For those of you who are keen to know the answer to the removal, please keep following this post.

PS: Based on the book “Complete Illustrated Guidebook to Prospect Park and the Brooklyn Botanic Gardens”, it is said that several of the panels come loose and now are in storage with the Park Department, awaiting restoration.

The book was published in 2001. Perhaps those plates have been in the storage rooms for quite a while.

About Hui

Wang Hui lived from 1632 - 1717 and followed in the footprints of his great grandfathers, grandfather, father and uncles and learned painting at a very early age. He was later taught by two contemporary masters, Zhang Ke and Wang Shimin, who taught him to work in the tradition of copying famous Chinese paintings. This is most likely the reason why critics claim that his work is conservative and reflects the Yuan and Song traditions. One critic claimed that "his landscape paintings reflect his nostalgic attachment to classical Chinese aesthetics. Along with the other Wangs, Wang Hui helped to perpetuate the tradition of copying the ancient masters rather than creating original work.

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