The Lady of the Lake takes the glove off

The Lady of the Lake at Echo Park Lake reveals a new left hand after a recent repair job (bottom photo) to replace the hand that had been broken off by vandals. The restoration is welcome but some have noticed that her new left fingers might be a bit shorter than those on the right. The restoration of the Art Deco landmark, which is supposed to be celebrated in an upcoming but yet-to-be scheduled ceremony, was completed with funds provided by the Greater Echo Park Elysian Neighborhood Council after an online shouting match of sorts. It has been nearly a decade since the Lady of the Lake and her form-fitting garb was returned to public view at Echo Park Lake, but in a different location from her original spot at the tip of a peninsula. However, there is a proposal to return the statue to its more prominent spot as part of an $84 million lake rehabilitation project. Let’s hope none of her other body parts are broken off by then.

Top photo by Jose Sigala

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