The Lady of the Lake, the Art Deco-style statue that has overlooked Echo Park Lake for about 80 years, was wrapped up in blue tarp this morning and hauled to a temporary location near the park restrooms (pictured above) on the north side of the park. The relocation of the approximately 8,000-pound statue, designed by Ada Mae Sharpless, is part of the $64 million clean up of Echo Park Lake. Echo Park Patch had photos of the statue being moved this morning.
This is the not the first time the 14-foot high statue has disappeared from public view. The statue sat in the park’s storage yard for about 15 years to undergo repairs before it was finally restored and return to public view in 1999. However, since a concrete-block pump house had by then been built in her original location at the tip of a peninsula, the restored statue was installed on the east side of the lake near the boathouse. As part of the lake clean up project, the pump house will be removed and Lady of the Lake will be returned to her original location. Click on the link below to view a rendering of what the statue will look like after returning to its original spot.