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LOST Caption: Standing Tall

Standing on Liberty Island in New York Harbor, the Statue of Liberty welcomes visitors, immigrants, and returning Americans traveling by ship to the USA.

The interior of the pedestal contains a bronze plaque inscribed with the sonnet "The New Colossus" by Emma Lazarus.

Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame,
With conquering limbs astride from land to land;
Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand
A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame
Is the imprisoned lightning, and her name
Mother of Exiles. From her beacon-hand
Glows world-wide welcome; her mild eyes command
The air-bridged harbor that twin cities frame.
"Keep, ancient lands, your storied pomp!" cries she
With silent lips. "Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!"

For this special edition of the LOST Photo Caption, we dive into the Island's past - it's very ancient past. The Island's Department of Tourism is seeking submissions about the four-toed colossus for inclusion in it's new vacation brochure. 

The whole world wants to know -

  • Who built it?
  • What does it mean?
  • What message is inscribed upon it's base? ...a welcome? ...a warning?
  • What did the front look like?
  • What's with the missing toe?
  • Who broke it?

Once enough submissions have been received, The Department of Tourism will create an informational pamphlet about the statue using material posted in the comments below, and I'll post a link to it here.   

On behalf of the DeGroots, Alvar Hanso and all of us here at the Lost Blog - thank you, Namasté, and good luck

Island Statue

Does this ankh make me look fat?

#1. Posted by: ransomjackson at March 8, 2009 5:21 PM

It's a KILT, not a skirt, all right? All the Acients are wearing them this season!

#2. Posted by: ChiTownTeach at March 8, 2009 8:31 PM


#3. Posted by: ChiTownTeach at March 8, 2009 8:36 PM

Damn this tropical environment. MAN! This athlete's foot is killing me... I feel like ripping my foot off!

#4. Posted by: DocH at March 8, 2009 9:16 PM

TOUR GUIDE: Ladies and Gentlemen, if you'll look straight ahead you can see the petrified remains of Kate Austen, who traveled back in time to judge the Island's first ever "Medusa Look Alike Contest".. If you turn to page 4 in your brochure, you can read more about the contest winner, Charlotte Staples Lewis...

#5. Posted by: vacc at March 8, 2009 9:52 PM

whew... sweet relief. I think I chugged 12 kegs before half-time. I'll look at the map when I get back to the 'media-cave' - think I'm gonna rename this place the 'Yellow Sea'.

#6. Posted by: DocH at March 8, 2009 10:21 PM

So much for my theory that it was a statue of Homer Simpson...

#7. Posted by: Crispy Seaplanes at March 9, 2009 8:49 AM

Hey, you loser eggheads over there on Easter Island. Next time you steal one of my toes I'm gonna come over there and kick your ass!

#8. Posted by: Scooby-Dude at March 9, 2009 9:57 AM

Update to Statue photo.

Is that...? Could it be...?

#9. Posted by: IslandHopper at March 9, 2009 1:07 PM

See what happens if you don't stop biting your nails?


#10. Posted by: tpull at March 10, 2009 3:07 AM

All those lunges finally paid I've got rock-hard buns to show off!

#11. Posted by: Alaïs_Longthought at March 10, 2009 7:32 AM

"Look at me, I got a shelf butt.... Uh, Awkward!"

#12. Posted by: R at March 10, 2009 9:06 AM

"And now....representing Erehwon in the dualing hammer toss, Jaaaaaaaaaaaccoooooooobbb!"

#13. Posted by: Red...Neck...Man at March 10, 2009 9:36 AM

"Junior! Hurry-up and get back in the space-ship. And don't forget to wash your hands... you don't know where those bipeds have been."
- - - -
In the grand scheme of the galaxy - Earth is still the Stuckey's.

#14. Posted by: DocH at March 10, 2009 10:08 AM

Narrator: Venus... Venus... the planet named after the Goddess of Love. This is... where I left her... 26 million miles away. Because I know she exists. I know she does! I know it! All the time we were there I heard her. Her and that sweet, haunting sound she makes, like the Sirens that tempted Ulysses... You may think I'm crazy back there on Earth. Crazy and still intoxicated by the atmosphere back there. But, wait a minute, I'm getting ahead of myself. Let me tell you the whole story. All of it from the beginning and see what you think. You be the judge!

(Voyage to the Planet of Prehistoric Women 1968)

#15. Posted by: BunnyLover at March 10, 2009 11:38 AM


Your lips are moving, but I can't hear what your saying.

Aaaaahhhhhh aaahhh ah aahhh.

I have become comfortably "in stone".

#16. Posted by: IslandHopper at March 10, 2009 11:45 AM

Vacc has challenged us "What message is inscribed upon it's base? ...a welcome? ...a warning?"

I sumbit the following as spoken by the great Mendez:

"Glory be to the Bomb, and to the Holy Fallout. As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be. World without end. Amen."

(Beneath the Planet of the Apes 1970)

#17. Posted by: BunnyLover at March 10, 2009 1:19 PM


(Treasure Planet 2002)

(For you newbies - it means "We're gonna need a bigger boat!"


#18. Posted by: BunnyLover at March 10, 2009 1:24 PM

Oh, and I forgot to give kudos to "Jaws" which I believe is where this quote originally came from. sorry...

#19. Posted by: BunnyLover at March 10, 2009 1:26 PM

Tour Guide: ...and over there is our world famous "bagged bear". It doesn't look much like a bear, but I assure you it is one of the most dangerous types of bears. It is so clever that it knows how to stand as if it was a statue in order to confuse its prey and predators. It's called the "bagged bear" because this particular bear is covered in paper bags.

#20. Posted by: ilovebenjaminlinusxx at March 10, 2009 5:22 PM

I see England, I see France
I see Anubis' underpants

#21. Posted by: Clementine at March 10, 2009 11:29 PM

Once worshipped as ruler of the underworld, centuries of vice and decadence placed Anubis on the path to ruin. What happens to an Egyptian god who hits the skids?

In an effort to pay off gambling debts, Anubis takes a role in a new musical. While the show is a hit, Anubis is too impaired to deliver his lines and makes his only appearance as set decoration inside a sarcophagus. Upstaged by a dancing camel, his depression worsens.

Knowing of his misfortune, good friend Steve Martin offers to pay comedic tribute to the great Jackal of Egypt with a song and dance number in his show. But later, Martin goes back on his word after audience testing reveals “King Tut” just sounds funnier. Henry Winkler rubs salt in the wound.

Drowning his sorrows at a Black Sea resort, Anubis is caught on camera by the TV show “Cops” as his unconscious form is tied to a pole and carried around by fellow party-goers. Although disguised as a golden calf, Anubis is later identified and exposed by the tabloids.

In a last-ditch effort to turn his image around, Anubis begs producers for a guest-spot on a children’s show. But the stars have contracts giving them first choice of any statue roles. Anubis is reduced to a brief foot cameo (shades of things to come.)

After his third stint in rehab, Anubis lands a gig as drummer for a girl rock-group. Almost immediately, his hard-partying lifestyle returns, and he misses the video shoot. But he does help write a number-one song and his affair with the lead singer makes national headlines.

Fired by the band and desperate for money, Anubis appears at an Anime convention in Anaheim

where he meets Richard Alpert. Anubis reaches out to shake RA’s hand, thinking “if only” he could return to the good old days, when gods were gods and people made statues of them...

(white flash)

#22. Posted by: Clementine at March 10, 2009 11:31 PM

Clem, you had me up until the anime dance. My eyes are still stinging. Arrgghhh!

Good stuff.

#23. Posted by: BELost at March 11, 2009 3:42 PM

The Losties go crazy for my Sugar Lumps!

#24. Posted by: Paulo at March 11, 2009 4:12 PM

Who built it?



What does it mean?

No Trespassing.


What message is inscribed upon it's base? ...a welcome? ...a warning?

The world will end in 42 seconds..., 23..., 16, 15..., 8..., 4...


What did the front look like?

That is the front.


What's with the missing toe?

None are missing. Furries have three toes, this is a freak with one extra.


Who broke it?

The upper part is still there, just extended into the future.

#25. Posted by: Cecil at March 11, 2009 4:58 PM

Serena Williams stars in Mannequin 2: Electric Boogaloo.

#26. Posted by: Diggler at March 11, 2009 10:49 PM

Statue of:
The venerable Dr. Zaius

Message on Base:
"You maniacs! You blew it up! Damn you! Damn you all to hell!"

#27. Posted by: jst at March 12, 2009 1:43 PM

Message on base:

Take your stinking paws off me, you damned dirty ape!

#28. Posted by: IslandHopper at March 12, 2009 6:13 PM

I was rereading Lost season one episode recaps last night and I am starting to get tingles. I am almost convinced that at some points in the first season we were seeing time travelling versions of the important characters. For example – John Locke seems to know so much about everyone and what their problems are and how they need to resolve them. He is very Obi-wan. And knowing what we know now it makes me wonder if he is “future” Locke who has come back to guide the Losties.
Also in the episode where Claire gives birth, Jack cannot assist her because he is trying to save Boone’s life. He gives Charlie and Jin VERY strict instructions that Kate must deliver the baby which I found odd. And during the birth Kate says to Claire “This baby is all of ours” which seems odd and out of place UNTIL you know what we know now in season 5.
Oh and there was another scene when Locke has found the hatch but before it has been opened where he is banging on it saying (to paraphrase) “I’ve done everything you wanted me to do – why are you doing this to me?” which I dismissed when I first saw it but now I am wondering if “future” Locke has made some sort of deal (in the future) and has come back to the past to change/guide events as per someone else’s request. (Does that make sense?)
In the final episode of season one Locke tells Jack that the plane crash on the island was not coincidental. Lock believes that they were all bought to the island by the island : it’s destiny. Then Jack tells him that he doesn’t believe in destiny. Locke’s response? “Yes you do. You just don’t know it yet!” This has to be a “Locke” who knows what is going to occur in the future, doesn’t it? (Or am I really grasping at straws here?)
Then in season two when they finally get inside the hatch and the computer accidentally gets shot Locke says “This isn’t what was supposed to happen!”

#29. Posted by: SMS at March 12, 2009 9:42 PM

Informational Pamphlet -

Nuts-Benry Farm Fun Fact: The Giant Four-Toed Statue that looms over our world-class surf pool was originally built by our founder, Ben Linus. He and his fifth grade ancient culture class constructed this monument in honor of their fallen teacher, Olivia Goodspeed. Ironically, Ben had her "terminated" when she unintentionally ordered 2,000 "boxes" of tongue depressors, instead of just the 2,000 tongue depressors needed for a class project. The monument to Ms. Goodspeed took just under three years to erect, and all of the five million tongue depressors were utilized in the process.

#30. Posted by: ANON2 at March 13, 2009 12:49 PM

This one's for you, lovelost & Clementine:

What Ancient Egyptians Wore Under Their Skirts = What Hots Scots Wear Under Their Kilts

; )

#31. Posted by: Alaïs_Longthought at March 13, 2009 2:45 PM

"Give me your fugitives, your conmen,
Your huddled dentists yearning to breathe free,
The wretched spinal surgeons of your teeming shore.
Send these, the has been rockers, paraplegics to me,
I lift my leg beside the golden snow!"

#32. Posted by: FenwayBen at March 13, 2009 6:48 PM

What message is inscribed upon it's base? ...a welcome? ...a warning?
- - - -
No inscription. The copper plaque was stolen and sold for cash at a fly-by-night scrap metal recycling center.

In spray-paint graffiti where the plaque was mounted... "Welcome to Hell. Barrio Island Bandits Rule. - Ana Lucia"

#33. Posted by: Tarawanet Translation at March 15, 2009 4:20 PM

With apologies to Shelley …

I met a traveller from a mysterious land
Who said: A vast and trunkless leg of stone
Stands on an island. Near it on the sand,
Half sunk, a shatter’d visage lies, whose frown
And wrinkled lip and sneer of cold command
Tell that its sculptor well those passions read
Which yet survive, stamp’d on these lifeless things,
The hand that mock’d them and the heart that fed.
And on the pedestal these words appear:
“My name is Edward Liddy, king of kings at AIG:
Look on my works, ye Mighty, and despair!
My bonus ye shall all pay, of taxpayer dollars I see
An endless font, perpetually this statue to repair.”
Nothing beside remains: round the Wall Street decay
Of that colossal financial wreck, boundless and bare,
The lone and level unemployment line stretches far away.

#34. Posted by: ealgumby at March 16, 2009 8:12 AM

are them pyjama,s and ugg boots?

#35. Posted by: gmta leah at March 16, 2009 11:14 AM

message on base.

If anyone see s the piggy at market , send it home.

#36. Posted by: gmta leah at March 16, 2009 11:22 AM

Msg to gmta leah:

All your base are belong to us.

#37. Posted by: anubis at March 16, 2009 11:28 AM

Ah, ha, ha... we're back to Zero Wing! Where's trexl and... who else was a fan?... Morbid0, maybe?

Anyway, that never gets old. Somebody set up us the bomb. Ah, ha, ha, ha... JWTB!!!

Sorry. I'm in new epi withdrawal. I need a fix.

"huddled dentists yearning to breathe free" hee hee

And ealgumby, you had me until AIG,,,,,

@Alaïs: regarding dudes wearing skirts... I also have a thing for Yul Brynner, and now I know why :)

#38. Posted by: Clementine at March 16, 2009 7:28 PM

The Legend of Anubis Begins

Aaahhh...hey, you, crazy French lady, get back here with my toe. Damn it, don't make me get off my base or your "afterlife" will be awfully unpleasant. Okay, here I come. AAAHHH, what am I supposed to do with only one foot? Now I'm really pissed.

To be continued...

#39. Posted by: lost2theworld at March 16, 2009 10:34 PM


I kno it has nothing to do with what you wrote, but have you ever heard of . They seems to promise free ringtones

PS. Dont be an ass, this is NOT spam ;)

#40. Posted by: Fagegeock at April 19, 2009 6:14 AM