Spirit of Life & Spencer Trask Memorial
In 1913, Katrina Trask and George Foster Peabody commissioned a memorial in honor of Spencer Trask’s work in preserving and protecting the healing waters of Saratoga Springs. Artist Daniel Chester French, along with architect Henry Bacon, creators of the Lincoln Memorial, designed the monument at the East end of Congress Park featuring the triumphant winged figure known as the Spirit of Life. Today, the Memorial and more so the sculpture, have become a defining symbol of the City of Saratoga Springs, recognized by residents and visitors alike. The Saratoga Springs Preservation Foundation, in partnership with the City of Saratoga Springs, has embarked on a four-year restoration campaign to conserve and restore the Spencer Trask Memorial in anticipation of its centennial unveiling in 2015.
SPIRIT OF LIFE & SPENCER TRASK MEMORIAL
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 12TH
SARATOGA SPRINGS PUBLIC LIBRARY
H. DUTCHER COMMUNITY ROOM
Samantha Bosshart, Executive Director of the Saratoga Springs Preservation Foundation, and Sara Boivin, Siena College Curator of Fine Art, tonight will present on the nationally significant “Spirit of Life” sculpture by Daniel Chester French and its setting in Congress Park, and the Spencer Trask Memorial, designed by Henry Bacon. The Memorial is dedicated to the memory of financier and philanthropist Spencer Trask, who was largely responsible for preserving the spring waters of Saratoga. They will provide an updated on the restoration efforts to be completed by June 2015, the Memorial’s centennial, as part of the City of Saratoga Springs centennial celebration.