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Here sculptor Emily Bedard stands with the figure she created to replace the missing
sculpture for the Sailor’s and Soldiers Monument.
Sailors and Soldiers Monument in Seaside Park
Dedicated in 1876, this neoclassical monument commemorates Union Civil War and Revolutionary War soldiers. Melzar Mossman ran the Ames Company, a foundry that made statues and monuments throughout the US. Mossman was a Union soldier, a sculptor, and artisan. He sculpted the bronzes and the now missing marble female figure. In 2010 the Friends of Seaside Park and City Lights collaborated to replace the missing figure, choosing Emily Bedard, then a graduating sculpture student of Lyme Academy CT to sculpt and cast the monument figure. Emily is now a successful sculptor. The City Lights/Bridgeport Art Trail team are proud to have been a part of the development of this promising artist’s career. The sculpture is located on the eastern end of Seaside Park #2.
Recently Emily has sculpted the eagle for the newly renovated/constructed Newfield Library. To offer an opportunity to another young artist, painter Luis Lopez was chosen to paint and detail the eagle which will be permanently installed on the exterior of the building.