Secret Statues of Central Park
You know all the biggies, Balto, Alice, the Angel. But do you know any of Central Park's secret statues? Some are hidden, some are part of bigger monuments, but they're all deserving of your attention, especially since it's #CentralParkStatuesMonth!
- •Fortitude'Fortitude' and her sister 'Sympathy' flank the bust of William Thomas Stead on this memorial along Fifth Avenue near 91st Street. Stead was a British journalist renowned for his reportage on child welfare. He was one of 1,500 people that died on the Titanic. More: http://bit.ly/1QOC9dY
- •Administration Building from 1893 World's FairThis building is held by the allegorical figure 'Architecture' on a memorial to New York architect Richard Morris Hunt. You can find this large memorial on Fifth Avenue near 70th Street. Hunt was the first American to study at Paris' famed Ecole des Beaux-Arts. You know his work if you have ever visited the Metropolitan Museum. The monument was created by Daniel Chester French who was also the sculptor of Abraham Lincoln at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. More: http://bit.ly/1KvqK61
- •SundialA bench is just a bench, unless it is the Waldo Hutchins Memorial Bench, and then it is also a sundial. The sundial slash bench is a memorial to one of the original members of the Board of Commissioners for Central Park. Overlooking Conservatory Water, the bench acts as a sundial itself, as well as having this beautiful bronze figure carved by Paul Manship. More: http://bit.ly/1Wwp3Gr
- •CherubDecorated by sweet-faced chubby cherubs, the Lombard Lamp brings a touch of European gentility to the south end of Central Park. The lamp is a replica of those decorating the Lombard Bridge in Hamburg, Germany, and was given to Central Park as a gift of friendship by the officials of that city. More: http://bit.ly/1oy99AI
- •Alice in WonderlandSure you know about the statue of Alice in Central Park. But did you know that there is a second depiction of her within walking distance? Called the Sophie Loeb Fountain and tucked inside the Levin Playground, this onetime drinking fountain now delights children and their parents as a water play feature during the summer. More: http://bit.ly/213ptui
- •The WolfLooking up hungrily at a crow with a piece of cheese, this pair and an assortment of other animals from Aesop's Fables, decorate the Osborn Gates. These incredible gates are thought by many to be Central Park's most important work of art and marks the entrance to Ancient Playground on Fifth Avenue just north of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The gates were sculpted by Paul Manship and restored by Central Park Conservancy. More: http://bit.ly/1krtX9t