Of the 10000 campgrounds in America, only at Lake Champlain town will you find a Rodin sculpture a step away form the tents and burgers of campers. In this spring a plaque of bronze by Auguste Rodin will be on display at the Champlain Memorial Lighthouse. This is after a $2 million restoration that among others will conserve La France, also by Rodin.

The bas relief of a woman, believed to be Camille Claudine, Rodin’s mistress measures 25 ¼ by 21 ½ inches. It was a donation by the French after the memorial’s completion in 1912. Cleaning crews working on the memorial by Samuel de Champlain detached it from the 72 foot granite monument.

Crown Point was founded as a French settlement in 731-1759. It is 95 miles north of Albany. Charles Vandrei, a historic preservation officer is of the opinion that no other campground in the United States can boast of artwork by one of the most acclaimed sculptor, though like busts of the Rodin exist.

“The Kiss” and “The Thinker” are the most known works by Rodin, who passed away in 1917.Outside of the lakeside community, who consider touch it for good luck, the Rodin is not well known. Some aficionados and the Philadelphia Rodin museum were surprised to hear there is a Rodin at Crown Point.

The Rodin plaque has been preserved partly by the contribution of $3000 by France’s consulate in Boston. It is a symbol of French-American friendship. Security measures will be put in place for the Rodin bust, which by other Rodin works could be worth several million dollars.

The reinstallation is set for Memorial Day weekend part of commemorating Champlain’s exploration. Its rededication is set for September, 19 this year. The Champlain monument is on a site of a windmill destroyed by the French during the French-Indian war.

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