It’s been only a little more than a year since repairs were completed to the Lady of the Lake to replace the left hand that been broken off the Art Deco-style statue at Echo Park Lake. Now, not only has the left hand been broken off again but the fingers on the right hand are missing, too. It’s not clear when the most recent vandalism to strike the Lady of the Lake took place but some people noticed that the statue’s hands and fingers had been amputated earlier this month during the Lotus Festival, according to a post on the Echo Elysian Forum.
The statue, created in 1934 by Ada Mae Sharpless, is no stranger to vandalism ranging from spray paint to pigeon poop. In fact, the statue – officially known as Nuestra Reina de Los Angeles – was removed from its original location at the tip of the peninsula at Echo Park Lake (where a cinder block pump house now stands) to repair decades of damage. However, it sat forgotten for more than a decade in the park maintenance yard until residents organized an effort to repair the statue and place it back in the park. In 1999, the Lady of the Lake was returned to public view but in a different location on the eastern side of the park. The Lady of the Lake may once again return to its more prominent spot as part of an $84 million lake rehabilitation project. Perhaps there will be some money left over to replace those missing fingers and hands.