Saturday, April 23, 2011

New Roosevelt Island statue to feature FDR in his wheelchair

From NY1:

A memorial statue of President Franklin D. Roosevelt seated in a wheelchair is in the works for Roosevelt Island.

The FDR Hope Memorial should be up in Southpoint Park sometime in fall 2012.

Artist Meredith Bergmann is designing the 5.5-feet bronze statue, which depicts the nation's 32nd president in his wheelchair, shaking hands with a young girl wearing a leg brace.

The site is near a historic hospital that pioneered treatment for survivors of polio, the same disease F-D-R had.

Roosevelt Island was named after the former New York governor in 1973.