Mt. Angel 2017 — photo 7 of 16: A close-up crop of the previous photo. The Oktoberfest Joy fountain sculpture, by Jerry Joslin, in Mt. Angel, Oregon. The waterworks and lighting were designed and built by volunteer Bill Kuchan. A plaque reads “Dedicated to the youth of Mt. Angel, September 13, 1998.” Photo taken April 2017. Marilyn Hall reminisces about Connie Lauzon:
“To help the sculptor (the late Jerry Joslin) create the statue, we had to make authentic Bavarian costumes to put on the [sculpture’s] polka dancers and it had to be of material that could burn away in the bronzing process. Connie had picked up an old white shirt from Goodwill, cut one of her own blouses and aprons down to size, and gathered felt, buttons, leather lederhosen, suspenders with plastic buckles and you name it. We made quite a sight arriving at the artist’s beautiful Lake Oswego home piled high with bags of felt, a sewing machine, an ironing board, three Bavarian hats and my 2-month-old baby. As funny as we appeared, we got it all done and thanks to Connie and the rest of the people in Mt. Angel that helped make it happen, [the sculpture] is still there for everyone to enjoy.”
Camera used: Olympus OM-D E-M5 with Panasonic Lumix 35-100mm f/2.8 zoom lens.
For further details about the story behind this photo, see the related article Of Glockenspiel and Gothic Revival.
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