Slide show: Crowning Glory

In a repeat performance of one of the most popular college pranks ever, this week Lady Liberty once again appeared to rise from Lake Mendota with torch aloft, thanks to the Wisconsin Hoofers, UW-Madison’s outdoor recreation club.

In honor of the statue’s first appearance 30 years ago — and as a feature of this year’s Hoofers Winter Carnival — the organization’s members rescued the Statue of Liberty’s pieces from storage in the campus’s Stock Pavilion, hauled the enormous components onto to the lake and constructed the iconic image. Among the challenges: building the 38-foot-wide crown and the 40-foot-high torch with no written instructions to follow.

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At left: sorting Lady Liberty’s major pieces on Lake Mendota.