The Washington Monument is a public artwork by American artist Richard Henry Park located on the Court of Honor, which is near Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.The bronze sculpture is a full-length portrait of a 43-year-old George Washington.The sculpture stands on a granite pedestal, and a bronze woman points up at Washington while a child, also made out of bronze, gazes upward.
The 10 foot and 6 inch high full-length sculpture depicts George Washington at the age of 43. "He wears a hat with flower, cape, boots, jacket, vest and pants. He holds a sword with both hands in front of him."There are two bronze figures at the foot of the base that were added at the suggestion of Miss Elizabeth Plankinton. One, a woman, points up to the statue with her proper left arm, while the second figure, a child, gazes upward while holding an open book at his side.
The inscription on the lower left side of the sculpture reads "RH PARK SC". The inscription on the proper right lower side of the sculpture reads "F. GALLI FUSERO".The front of the base reads "WASHINGTON". The back of the base reads "The Gift of/ Elizabeth A. Plankinton/ To the City of Milwaukee/ 1885".
Richard Henry Park's George Washington, dedicated on November 7, 1885, was the first public monument in Milwaukee.It was given to the city as a gift by Elizabeth Plankinton, popularly known as Miss Lizzie, as a gesture of her love for Milwaukee. "It would also ensure, as one of the speakers noted at the dedication of the statue, that 'during the coming generations when other men shall walk these streets, this monument will stand a text for the old and a lesson for the young.
The sculpture cost about $20,000. Thousands of people attended its unveiling, although Miss Lizzie did not. it was placed on the boulevard on W. Wisconsin Avenue, one of the city's earliest parks.
This location later became known as the Court of Honor because of the crowning of Rex, King of the Milwaukee Midsummer Carnival Festival, which took place in the same area. Every year on Washington's birthday the Military Order of the Purple Heart places a wreath on the monument to honor its founder