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Walking from the Lincon Memorial southwards to the West Potomac Park I stopped by a large, white marble and granite monument (Independence Avenue & Ohio Drive) which portrayed a larger-than-life-size figure of a seated guy and three standing allegoric figures representing Vision, Adventure, and Labor behind. The figures surround a Norse Tree of Life.
The monument, dedicated in 1926, commemorates Swedish immigrant to the USA, John Ericsson (1803-1889). He was a naval engineer who perfected the screw propeller, a revolutionary means of moving heavy ships through water which was very important for the Union forces required improved marine transportation during the Civil War (1861 - 1865). He experimented with solar energy and worked on a system of launching underwater torpedoes. It's said that he was so strange person that many Naval personnel disliked working with him. Hmm... many geniuses, especially prominent inventors, scientists and artists were strangers, right? What about travellers and VT-ers? :-)
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