How tall was John McLaren?

Statue of John McLaren, Golden Gate Park (sketch by Heath Massey)

Statue of John McLaren, Golden Gate Park (sketch by Heath Massey)

The statue of John McLaren in Golden Gate Park is a little bit shorter than I am  (I’m just under 5’7″).  Is it life-sized, I wonder?  Somehow I always imagined John McLaren as a major physical presence, given the stories about the fear and trembling that he induced in his gardening staff.  (see former post: https://fromthethicket.com/2010/10/09/john-mclaren/) Come to think of it, though, the man depicted in the statue, although not tall, is actually quite intimidating.  Bald and portly, with military bearing and deep-set eyes fixed on a pine cone, he seems formidable.  I would hesitate to cross him.  Obviously stature is about much more than physical size.

 

 

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About fromthethicket

I'm a landscape historian and professor emeritus of landscape architecture, UC Davis. I live in San Francisco.
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One Response to How tall was John McLaren?

  1. Tony says:

    I do not think I’ve ever seen that statue. Now that you’ve enlightened me a bit, after I get my scooter tuned and parts replaced, I might go scooter over and get lost in the park. Love your so wonderful sketches! What a grand talent you have with that brush and words! Thank you!

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