List of sculptures in Central Park

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A total of 29 sculptures[note 1] have appeared over the past century and a half in New York City's 843-acre (3.41 km2) Central Park. Most have been donated by individuals or organizations, few by the city itself. While many early statues are of authors and poets along "Literary Walk" and American figures like Daniel Webster and "the Pilgrim", other early works were simply picturesque, like The Hunter and The Falconer; other notable statues include sled dog Balto, the so-called "Cleopatra's Needle"—an Egyptian obeliskAlice of Wonderland, and most recently Duke Ellington.

Selected sculptures[edit]

War Memorials[edit]

  • The 107th Infantry Memorial is dedicated to the men who served in the 107th New York Infantry Regiment, originally Seventh Regiment of New York, during World War I. The regiment was, as its name implies, stationed in New York, and consisted of males mainly from this region. In 1917, the National Guard's 7th New York Infantry Registry Division. While in France, they saw heavy action, and at the end of the war in November 1918, of the 3,700 men originally in the regiment, 580 men were killed and 1,487 wounded, with four of the regiment's soldiers being awarded the Medal of Honor. The memorial depicts seven men; the one to the far right carrying two Mills bombs, while supporting the wounded soldier next to him. To his right another infantryman (depicting Robert Russell Bennett, a 107 combat veteran who was asked by the artist to model for the statue along with 6 other actual 107 veterans of the Somme) rushes towards the enemy positions, while the helmet less squad leader and another soldier are approaching the enemy with bayonets fixed. To the far left, one soldier is holding a mortally wounded soldier, keeping him on his feet. The bronze memorial was donated by 7th-107th Memorial Committee, and was designed and sculpted by Karl Illava, who served in the 107th IR as a sergeant in World War I. The monument was first conceived about 1920, was made in 1926–1927 and was placed in the park and unveiled in 1927, near the perimeter wall at Fifth Avenue and 67th Street.

Historical figures[edit]

Simón Bolívar
  • In 1892, Christopher Columbus was donated to Central Park by the New York Genealogical and Biographical Society in commemoration of the 400th anniversary of his arrival in the Americas. The statue replicates one made by Jeronimo Suñol in 1892,[1] located at the Plaza de Colon, in Madrid. The New York version was placed in the park in 1894 at the foot of the Mall, and is today one of two monuments of Columbus found in the park's environs, the other being the statue surmounting the column at Columbus Circle. The sculpture depicts the explorer standing with outstretched arms, looking towards the heavens in gratitude for his successful voyage.
  • The King Jagiello Monument is an equestrian statue of King Władysław II Jagiełło of Poland, holding over his head two crossed swords, is the largest sculpture in Central Park. The monument commemorates the medieval Battle of Grunwald, where Polish knights supported by Lithuanian, Ruthenian, Czech, and Tatar knights defeated the Teutonic Order. POLAND is inscribed on both sides of the plinth, and in the front lower-right corner is engraved the name of the sculptor, Stanislaw K. Ostrowski (1879–1947), who created this bronze monument for the Polish 1939 New York World's Fair pavilion.[2] As a result of the outbreak of the World War II, the monument stayed in New York; in July 1945 it was presented to the City of New York by the King Jagiello Monument Committee and permanently placed in Central Park with the cooperation of the last pre-Communist consul of Poland in New York, Kazimierz Krasicki.[3] The King Jagiełło monument is situated on the east side of the Turtle Pond, across from Belvedere Castle and southeast of the Great Lawn.[4]
  • The bronze standing figure of Daniel Webster by Thomas Ball stands on a high granite plinth at the confluence of two carriage drives near the foot of Strawberry Fields Memorial, at approximately 72nd Street. Ball had circulated many examples of statuettes of this model. The over-lifesize bronze, cast in Munich, was presented by Gordon W. Burnham in 1876. The plinth bears as a bronze legend Webster's famous phrases LIBERTY AND UNION, NOW AND FOREVER, ONE AND INSEPARABLE. .[5]

Scientists[edit]

Writers and poets[edit]

Hans Christian Andersen
  • Poet Robert Burns is sculpted in bronze by Sir John Steell, the eminent Victorian sculptor. It was unveiled in Central Park, New York in 1880. It was intended as a companion statue to Sir Walter Scott by the same sculptor, erected some eight years previously.
  • Fitz-Greene Halleck has been described as the least known literary figure today on Literary Walk, despite being the only person to have a memorial unveiled by the then-president of the United States, Rutherford B. Hayes in 1877, ten years after his death in November 1867. The monument was funded by the use of public subscription, and had a long list of prominent guests and speakers at the dedication and unveiling of the monument, among them the president's cabinet, General of the Army William T.Sherman, the poets Bayard Taylor, George Henry Boker and William Cullen Bryant, as well as other notable citizens. The monument is made in bronze by James Wilson Alexander MacDonald, and is placed near the Literary Walk and The Mall. The monument has been thoroughly refurbished by The Central Park Conservancy, first by hot waxing it in 1983, and then again in 1992, as well as in 1999, when it was dewaxed, pressure-washed and repatinated, and then protected by a coating of a corrosion-inhibiting lacquer.

Artists[edit]

  • Bust of the architect Richard Morris Hunt at the Hunt Memorial, along with two other figures sculpted by Daniel Chester French. Flanking the Hunt bust are statuettes, one holding a sculptor's mallet and a palette, representing the allied arts, while the other holds a model for the Administration Building at the Chicago World's Columbian Exposition, designed by Hunt. On the perimeter wall of Central Park, Fifth Avenue and 70th Street, opposite the Frick Collection, which was built on the site of the Lenox Library, also designed by architect Hunt. The granite and marble Hunt memorial was designed by American architect Bruce Price.

Animals[edit]

Balto
  • Balto was dedicated to the sled dogs that led several dogsled teams through a snow-storm in the winter of 1925 in order to deliver medicines that would stop a diphtheria epidemic in Nome, Alaska. The sculpture is slightly larger than the real-life dog, and is placed on a rock outcropping on the main path leading north from the Tisch Children's Zoo. The sculpture was created by Frederick George Richard Roth, and placed in the park in 1925. Like so many other monuments in the park, it's made of bronze, and it was donated to the park by the Balto Monument Committee to the City of New York. Under the sculpture, a small plaque can be found, containing the following inscription:
Dedicated to the indomitable spirit of the sled dogs that relayed antitoxins six hundred miles over rough ice, across treacherous waters, through Arctic blizzards from Nenana to the relief of stricken Nome in the Winter of 1925. ENDURANCE • FIDELITY • INTELLIGENCE[8]
  • Eagles and Prey, designed and created by Christophe Fratin, is the oldest known sculpture in any New York City park. It is made of bronze, and was cast in Paris, France in 1850 and was placed in the park in 1863. The sculpture was donated by Gordon Webster Burnham, who also donated the statue of Daniel Webster, as well as statues in other cities. The monument depicts a goat, wedged accidentally between two rocks, which is about to be devoured by two eagles. Their talons are sunk into the back of the goat as they flap their wings in victory.
  • Still Hunt by sculptor Edward Kemeys (1843–1907) was placed in the park in 1883. This bronze sculpture of a crouching cougar waiting to pounce, was created by Edward Kemeys, the famous American sculptor who also created the famous Hudson Bay wolves at the Philadelphia Zoo, and lions at the entrance to the Art Institute of Chicago. Situated on a rock outcrop on the west side of the East Drive at the edge of the Ramble, the crouching animal has scared many joggers as they climb "Cat Hill" (formally Cedar Hill) and approach this life-size and realistic representation. Unlike the traditional sculptures of other animals in the park that sit on a base or pedestal, Kemeys situated his animal directly on the rock ledge. Kemeys was so interested in depicting his animals in a realistic mode that he traveled to the western states to see them in their native habitat.

Fictional characters[edit]

  • One large sculpture depicts Alice, from Lewis Carroll's 1865 classic Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. The statue is located on East 74th Street on the north side of Central Park's Conservatory Water. Alice is pictured sitting on a giant mushroom reaching toward a pocket watch held by the White Rabbit. Peering over her shoulder is the Cheshire cat, flanked on one side by the dormouse, and on the other by Mad Hatter, who in contrast to the calm Alice looks ready to laugh out loud at any moment. Publisher and philanthropist George T. Delacorte Jr. ordered the sculpture from José de Creeft, in honor of Delacorte's late wife, Margarita, and to the enjoyment of the children of New York. Unveiled in 1959, de Creeft's sculpture tries to follow John Tenniel's whimsical Victorian illustrations from the first edition of the book. According to various sources, Alice is said to look like de Creeft's daughter Donna. The Alice in Wonderland project's architects and designers were Hideo Sasaki and Fernando Texidor, who inserted some plaques with inscriptions from the book in the terrace around the sculpture. Margarita's favorite poem, "The Jabberwocky" is also included; chiseled in a granite circle surrounding the sculpture:
'Twas brillig, and the slithy toves did gyre and gimble in the wabe
The design of the sculpture attracts many children who want to climb its many levels, resulting in the bronze's glowing patina, polished by thousands of tiny hands over the years since the sculpture was unveiled. It was cast at Modern Art Foundry Astoria Queens NY. The sculpture was in the music video of Slick Ricks Children's Story.
  • The Burnett Memorial Fountain, dedicated to the author Frances Hodgson Burnett, was placed in the Conservatory Garden when it reopened in 1936, a donation by the ad hoc Children's Garden Building Committee. It was designed and created by Bessie Potter Vonnoh between 1926 and 1936. When Frances Hodgson Burnett died in 1924, some of her friends wanted to honor her memory by creating a storytelling area in Central Park. They chose the Conservatory Garden's south garden, at 104th Street and Fifth Avenue, as the site for the memorial. It is believed that the two figures, a reclining boy playing the flute and the young girl holding the bowl, represent Mary and Dickon, the main characters from The Secret Garden.

Other sculptures[edit]

  • The Angel of the Waters / Bethesda Fountain was not in the original "Greensward Plan", developed by Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux; the architectural middle of the park was called "The Water Terrace", for its placement beside The Lake, but the area became known as Bethesda Terrace after the fountain was unveiled in 1873. At the unveiling ceremony, the artist's brochure quoted a Biblical verse from the Gospel of St. John: Now there is at Jerusalem by the sheep market a pool, which is called… Bethesda…whoever then first after the troubling of the waters stepped in was made whole of whatsoever disease he had. The fountain was designed and created by Emma Stebbins, who became the first woman to receive a sculptural commission in New York City when she was commissioned to create this fountain. It was designed and created in 1868, but wasn't unveiled until 1873, when the park was officially completed. In 1988 the Central Park Conservancy cleaned, repatinated, and sealed the fountain with a protective coating, and it's washed and waxed annually in order to preserve it. The fountain can be found in the middle of the park, on the north side of 72nd Street.

In addition, temporary exhibitions of sculpture are mounted in the Doris Freedman Plaza, a concrete and cobblestone area located just outside the southeast entrance walkway to the park, behind the Sherman Monument.

Complete list[edit]


Sculptures in Central Park
Name Image Location / GPS Coordinates Designers Year IAS number Notes
7th Regiment Memorial
Civil War Memorial
7th Rgt Mem W68 CP JQA Ward jeh.jpg West Drive, opposite the Sheep Meadow
40°46′26″N 73°58′35″W / 40.773757°N 73.976403°W / 40.773757; -73.976403 (7th Regiment Memorial)
John Quincy Adams Ward, sculptor
Richard Morris Hunt, architect
Robert Wood & Company, foundry
Commissioned 1869
Dedicated 1874
87870170
107th Infantry Memorial
7th Regiment New York 107th United States Infantry
World War I Memorial
7th Regiment New York statue 5th Ave snow January 2013.jpeg East 67th Street & Fifth Avenue
40°46′09″N 73°58′10″W / 40.76927°N 73.96937°W / 40.76927; -73.96937 (107th Infantry Memorial)
Karl Illava, sculptor
Rogers & Haneman, architects
Fonderia G. Vignali, founder
Davis & Gallanger, contractors
Commissioned 1920
Dedicated 1927
76003536
Alice in Wonderland
Margaret Delacorte Memorial
Alicia en el país de las maravillas (4437889709).jpg Central Park Conservatory Pond
40°46′30″N 73°58′00″W / 40.77504°N 73.966543°W / 40.77504; -73.966543 (Alice in Wonderland Statue)
José de Creeft, sculptor
Hideo Sasaki, landscape architect
Modern Art Foundry
Ferando Texidor, designer
1959 87870163
Hans Christian Andersen Hans Christian Andersen, by Georg John Lober.jpg Central Park Lake, opposite East 74th Street
40°46′28″N 73°58′04″W / 40.7744306°N 73.9677972°W / 40.7744306; -73.9677972 (Hans Christian Andersen)
Georg J. Lober, sculptor
Modern Art Foundry
Otto Frederick Langman, designer
1956 87870162
Balto Balto east hazy day jeh.jpg Central Park East Drive & East 66th Street
40°46′12″N 73°58′16″W / 40.769959°N 73.971022°W / 40.769959; -73.971022 (Balto Statue)
Frederick Roth, sculptor
Roman Bronze Works, foundry
1925 87870159
Beethoven Memorial
Bust of Ludwig van Beethoven
Central Park NYC - Beethoven statue by Henry Baerer - IMG 5719.JPG The Mall
40°46′22″N 73°58′19″W / 40.772866°N 73.971872°W / 40.772866; -73.971872 (Beethoven Memorial)
Henry Baerer, sculptor
George Fischer & Brother Bronze Works
1884 76003467
Belvedere Castle BelvedereCastle.JPG Belvedere Castle
40°46′46″N 73°58′09″W / 40.779447°N 73.96906°W / 40.779447; -73.96906 (Belvedere Castle)
Jacob Wrey Mould, architectural sculpture
Calvert Vaux, architect
1869 DragonTransom.jpg Cockatrice Transom
Bethesda Fountain Central-Park-13.jpg Between Bethesda Terrace and The Lake
40°46′27″N 73°58′16″W / 40.774111°N 73.971139°W / 40.774111; -73.971139 (Bethesda Fountain)
Emma Stebbins, sculptor (Angel & Cherubs)
Royal Foundry (Munich, Germany)
Jacob Wrey Mould, architectural sculpture
Calvert Vaux, architect
Commissioned 1868
Dedicated 1873
76002831 Bethesda Fountain, Central Park.jpg Angel of the Waters and Cherubs
Bethesda Terrace Manhattan New York City 2008 PD b25.JPG Terrace Drive
40°46′26″N 73°58′16″W / 40.773949°N 73.9711001°W / 40.773949; -73.9711001 (Bethesda Terrace)
Jacob Wrey Mould, architectural sculpture
Calvert Vaux, architect
USA-NYC-Central Park-The Mall0.JPG Looking south

Details of the stairway on west side of Bethesda Terrace Bridge, Central Park.jpg "Summer" relief panel
Simón Bolívar Monument
Equestrian statue of Simón Bolívar
SimonBolivarCentralParkNYC.JPG Bolívar Plaza,
Central Park South (59th Street) & Avenue of the Americas (6th Avenue)
40°45′56″N 73°58′33″W / 40.765689°N 73.975792°W / 40.765689; -73.975792 (Simón Bolívar Statue)
Sally James Farnham, sculptor
Roman Bronze Works, foundry
Commissioned 1916
Cast 1920
Dedicated 1921
Relocated 1951
76003468 Medina Angarita, NYC.jpg In its original location at 83rd Street & Central Park West.
Arthur Brisbane Memorial Bench 5th Avenue & 101st Street
40°47′28″N 73°57′13″W / 40.791183°N 73.953557°W / 40.791183; -73.953557 (Arthur Brisbane Bench)
Richmond Barthe, sculptor
Shreve, Lamb and Harmon, architects
Installed 1939 76003469
Burnett Memorial Fountain
Mary and Dickon
The Secret Garden
Central Park, NYC (June 2014) - 09.JPG Conservatory Garden
40°47′35″N 73°57′10″W / 40.793056°N 73.952778°W / 40.793056; -73.952778 (Burnett Memorial Fountain)
Bessie Potter Vonnoh, sculptor
Aymar Embury II, architect
Roman Bronze Works, foundry
Commissioned 1926
Dedicated 1936
76003471 Central Park, NYC (June 2014) - 07.JPG
The fountain honors children's author Frances Hodgson Burnett, and features her characters, Mary and Dickon, from The Secret Garden (1910).
Robert Burns Memorial Central Park, NYC (June 2014) - 27.JPG Literary Walk, south end of The Mall
40°46′12″N 73°58′21″W / 40.770108°N 73.972570°W / 40.770108; -73.972570 (Robert Burns Memorial)
Sir John Steell, sculptor Commissioned 1873
Dedicated 1880
76003472
Central Park Boathouse Dedicatory Sculpture
The Rowers
Central Park Boathouse
40°46′31″N 73°58′08″W / 40.775278°N 73.96875°W / 40.775278; -73.96875 (Central Park Boathouse)
Irwin Glusker, sculptor Commissioned 1968
Dedicated 1971
87870241
Cherry Hill Fountain Cherry Hill Fountain, Central Park.jpg Wagner Cove, south of The Lake
40°46′29″N 73°58′22″W / 40.774698°N 73.972712°W / 40.774698; -73.972712 (Cherry Hill Fountain)
Jacob Wrey Mould, architectural sculpture
City Employees Memorial Flagpole Central Park Flagpole.JPG The Mall, north side
40°46′23″N 73°58′19″W / 40.773056°N 73.971944°W / 40.773056; -73.971944 (City Employees Memorial Flagpole)
Georg J. Lober, sculptor
Otto Frederick Langman, architect
1928 76003476
Cleopatra's Needle
Egyptian Obelisque
Obelisk central park nyc.jpg 82nd Street, west of Metropolitan Museum of Art
40°46′47″N 73°57′56″W / 40.779638°N 73.965451°W / 40.779638; -73.965451 (Cleopatra's Needle)
Erected by Thutmose III at the Temple of Tum at Heliopolis. Carved 1500-1600 B.C.
Gift of Egypt to the United States 1869
Dedicated 1881
87870165 Cleopatra's Needle-1.jpg
Christopher Columbus Central Park NYC - Columbus statue by Jeronimo Sunol - IMG 5706.JPG East Drive, south of The Mall
40°46′12″N 73°58′22″W / 40.769899°N 73.972791°W / 40.769899; -73.972791 (Christopher Columbus Statue)
Jeronimo Suñol, sculptor
Napoleon LeBrun, architect
Federico Masriera, foundry
Original 1886 (Madrid)
Cast 1892
Dedicated 1894
87870160
Conservatory Garden Center Fountain Conservatory Garden central lawn jeh.jpg 5th Avenue & 105th Street
40°47′38″N 73°57′10″W / 40.793892°N 73.952824°W / 40.793892; -73.952824 (Conservatory Garden Center Fountain)
1927
Dancing Goat Fountain Central Park Zoo, north of the Sea Lion Pool
40°46′05″N 73°58′18″W / 40.768185°N 73.971568°W / 40.768185; -73.971568 (Dancing Goat Fountain)
Frederick Roth, sculptor
Roman Bronze Works
Cast c. 1935
Installed 1937
76003481
Decorative reliefs (15 carved limestone panels of animals) Central Park Zoo Frederick Roth, sculptor c. 1934 76003538
Delacorte Musical Clock
* Two monkeys (ringing the bell)
* Penguin (with drum)
* Hippopotamus (with violin)
* Bear (with tambourine)
* Elephant (with concertina)
* Goat (with Pan pipes)
* Kangaroo (with horn)
CP Zoo clock tower cloudy from 65 St Transverse Rd jeh.jpg Children's Zoo
40°46′05″N 73°58′16″W / 40.768056°N 73.971111°W / 40.768056; -73.971111 (Delacorte Musical Clock)
Andrea Spadini, sculptor
Edward Coe Embury, architect
Fernando Texidor, designer
Cast 1964
Installed 1965
87870158 The monkeys atop the tower ring the bell on the hour. The lower 6 animals twirl and parade around the tower on the hour and half hour.
Frederick Douglass Memorial (plaza, statue & fountain) Frederick Douglas Circle (Half).JPG Frederick Douglass Circle,
Central Park North (110th Street) & Frederick Douglass Boulevard (8th Avenue)
40°48′02″N 73°57′29″W / 40.800583°N 73.958167°W / 40.800583; -73.958167 (Frederick Douglass Circle)
Gabriel Koren, sculptor
Algernon Miller, designer
Quennell Rothschild & Partners, architects
Polich-Tallix, foundry
Plaza & fountain 2005
Statue cast 2010
Dedicated 2011
Daniel Draper Plaque Belvedere Castle (Central Park, New York City) - DSC05954.JPG Belvedere Castle
40°46′46″N 73°58′09″W / 40.779447°N 73.96906°W / 40.779447; -73.96906 (Belvedere Castle)
Anton Brandts Subiesky, sculptor Installed 1935 76003487
S. Rankin Drew Memorial Tree Marker 72nd Street, west of The Mall
40°46′25″N 73°58′20″W / 40.773632°N 73.972120°W / 40.773632; -73.972120 (S. Rankin Drew Marker)
Unknown sculptor Installed 1928 76003488 Drew was a silent movie actor/director who died in World War I. The American Legion planted an oak tree in his memory in 1920, and installed the marker in 1928.
Eagles
Granite Eagles
Central Park Zoo Rochette and Parzini, sculptors Installed 1941 76003491 Eight eagle statues salvaged from the First Avenue Bridge in Brooklyn, NY.
Eagles and Prey Central Park NYC - Eagles and Prey Sculpture by Christophe Fratin - IMG 5715.JPG Center Drive, opposite Lilac Walk
40°46′21″N 73°58′21″W / 40.772474°N 73.972484°W / 40.772474; -73.972484 (Eagles and Prey)
Christophe Fratin, sculptor Cast 1850
Installed 1863
76003492
Duke Ellington Memorial Duke Ellington Circle jeh.JPG Duke Ellington Circle,
5th Avenue & 110th Street
40°47′48″N 73°56′57″W / 40.79675°N 73.949028°W / 40.79675; -73.949028 (Duke Ellington (Graham))
Robert Graham, sculptor Proposed 1979
Dedicated 1997
First New York City monument to an African-American artist.[12]
The Falconer The Falconer sculpture in Central Park, New York.jpg West 72nd Street
40°46′27″N 73°58′26″W / 40.774111°N 73.973806°W / 40.774111; -73.973806 (The Falconer)
George Blackall Simonds, sculptor
Clemente Papi, foundry
Cast 1871
Installed 1875
76003496
Fort Clinton Memorial
McGowan's Pass Monument
Between 5th Avenue & East Drive, opposite 107th Street
40°47′43″N 73°57′11″W / 40.7951434°N 73.9529624°W / 40.7951434; -73.9529624 (Fort Clinton (Central Park))
William Welles Bosworth, designer 1906 76002752 Fort Clinton was built during the War of 1812 as part of New York City's defenses, and was later demolished. A mortar (cannon barrel) was unearthed at the site in the early 1900s. Bosworth designed a pedestal for the mortar and a memorial plaque.[13]
Friedel Memorial Drinking Fountain Central Park in Manhattan, New York City, United States of America (9861534313).jpg Runners Gate,
90th Street & 5th Avenue
Mark Rabinowitz, sculptor Dedicated 1992
Andrew Haswell Green Memorial Bench AH Green bench jeh.jpg East Drive, east of The Ravine
40°47′42″N 73°57′15″W / 40.795126°N 73.954291°W / 40.795126; -73.954291 (Andrew Haswell Green Bench)
1929
Group of Bears Group of Bears, Central Park, NYC - IMG 5751.JPG Pat Hoffman Friedman Playground,
79th Street & 5th Avenue
40°46′39″N 73°57′50″W / 40.7775°N 73.963967°W / 40.7775; -73.963967 (Group of Bears)
Paul Manship, sculptor
Paul King Foundry
Original 1932
Cast 1989
NY000142
Fitz-Greene Halleck Memorial Central Park NYC - Fitz-Greene Halleck sculpture - IMG 5656.JPG The Mall
40°46′15″N 73°58′20″W / 40.770740°N 73.972117°W / 40.770740; -73.972117 (Fitz-Greene Halleck Memorial)
James Wilson Alexander MacDonald, sculptor Cast 1876
Dedicated 1877
76003506
Alexander Hamilton Alexander Hamilton by Conrads, Central Park, NYC - 01.jpg East Drive, west of Metropolitan Museum of Art
40°46′51″N 73°57′54″W / 40.780807°N 73.964946°W / 40.780807; -73.964946 (Alexander Hamilton (Conrads))
Carl Conrads, sculptor
New England Granite Works
Dedicated 1880 76002763
Victor Herbert Memorial
Bust of Victor Herbert
Central Park, NYC (May 2014) - 20.JPG The Mall, opposite the bandstand
40°46′22″N 73°58′19″W / 40.772847°N 73.972061°W / 40.772847; -73.972061 (Victor Herbert Memorial)
Edmond Thomas Quinn, sculptor 1927 76003508
Honey Bear Fountain
Dancing Bear
Central Park NYC - Dancing Bear sculpture Frederick George Richard Roth - IMG 5686.JPG Central Park Zoo, north of the Delacorte Musical Clock
40°46′06″N 73°58′16″W / 40.768248°N 73.971139°W / 40.768248; -73.971139 (Honey Bear)
Frederick Roth, sculptor
Roman Bronze Works
Cast c. 1935
Dedicated 1937
76003480
Humboldt Monument
Bust of Alexander von Humboldt
Alexander Von Humboldt Monument by Gustav Blaeser - Central Park, NYC - DSC06360.JPG Explorers Gate,
West 77th Street & Central Park West
40°46′46″N 73°58′24″W / 40.779476°N 73.973285°W / 40.779476; -73.973285 (Alexander von Humboldt)
Gustav Blaeser, sculptor
Georg Howaldt & Son, foundry
1869 76008978
Richard Morris Hunt Memorial Manhattan Central Park Richard Morris Hunt Memorial.JPG 5th Avenue & 70th Street
40°46′17″N 73°58′04″W / 40.7715°N 73.9679°W / 40.7715; -73.9679 (Richard Morris Hunt Memorial)
Daniel Chester French, sculptor
Bruce Price, architect
Henry-Bonnard Bronze Company, foundry
Commissioned 1896
Dedicated 1898
Allegorical figures 1900
76006062 Manhattan Central Park Richard Morris Hunt Memorial detail.JPG Bust of Richard Morris Hunt
The exedra is flanked by two allegorical figures, Architecture and Painting and Sculpture.
Waldo Hutchins Memorial Bench
Waldo Hutchins bench.jpg
72nd Street & 5th Avenue
40°46′22″N 73°58′02″W / 40.772778°N 73.967222°W / 40.772778; -73.967222 (Waldo Hutchins Bench)
Eric Gugler, architect
Paul Manship, sculptor
Installed 1932 76003511 There is a small sundial at the center of the bench.
Indian Hunter Central Park NYC - 'Indian Hunter' Statue by John Quincy Adams Ward - IMG 5710.JPG West 66th Street, west of The Mall
40°46′14″N 73°58′23″W / 40.770417°N 73.973133°W / 40.770417; -73.973133 (Indian Hunter (sculpture))
John Quincy Adams Ward, sculptor
L. A. Amouroux, foundry
Cast 1866
Dedicated 1869
76003513 First work by an American sculptor installed in Central Park.
King Jagiello Monument The Wladyslaw Jagiello monument in NYC 1.jpg 79th Street, east of the Turtle Pond
40°46′44″N 73°58′00″W / 40.778889°N 73.966667°W / 40.778889; -73.966667 (King Jagiello Monument)
Stanislaw Kazimierz Ostrowski, sculptor
Aymar Embury II, architect
Modeled 1908-09
Cast 1939
Installed 1945
87870164 The equestrian statue was cast for the Polish Pavilion at the 1939 New York World's Fair.
Knights of Pythias Memorial
World War I Memorial
Memorial Grove
Fred Lebow Lebow at the finish line.jpg Upper Reservoir Jogging Track,
90th Street & East Central Park Drive
40°47′03″N 73°57′33″W / 40.784064°N 73.959127°W / 40.784064; -73.959127 (Fred Lebow Statue)
Jesus Ygnacio Dominguez, sculptor Cast 1994 Lebow was a founder of the New York City Marathon, and ran in it until age 60. The posthumous statue was installed beside the Upper Reservoir Jogging Track in 2001, but each November it is moved near to the marathon's finish line.
Lehman Gates Lehman Gates snow jeh.jpg Children's Zoo, 72nd Street Entrance
40°46′07″N 73°58′15″W / 40.768611°N 73.970972°W / 40.768611; -73.970972 (Lehman Gates)
Paul Manship, sculptor
Roman Bronze Works, foundry
Cast 1960
Dedicated 1961
76007112
Levy Memorial Gates Pat Hoffman Friedman Playground
5th Avenue & 79th Street
Walter Baretta, sculptor Cast c. 1957
Dedicated 1958
87870242
Loeb Memorial Fountain
Sophie Irene Loeb Drinking Fountain
5th Avenue, between 76th & 77th Streets
40°46′33″N 73°57′54″W / 40.775781°N 73.965113°W / 40.775781; -73.965113 (Loeb Memorial Fountain)
Frederick Roth, sculptor
C. Dale Badgeley, architect
1936 76003525 The central pier features characters from Alice in Wonderland.
Lombard Lamp East Drive & 60th Street Carl Borner, sculptor Original 1869
Cast c. 1979
Gift from the City of Hamburg, Germany.
José Martí Monument
Equestrian Statue of José Martí
MartiequNYC14.jpg Central Park South (59th Street) & Avenue of the Americas (6th Avenue)
40°45′58″N 73°58′34″W / 40.766043°N 73.976156°W / 40.766043; -73.976156 (José Martí Statue)
Anna Hyatt Huntington, sculptor
Domico Scoma Bronze Works, foundry
Cast 1959
Dedicated 1965
87870168
Martin Memorial Birdbath Central Park Zoo Oronzio Maldarelli, sculptor Dedicated 1942
Bust of Giuseppe Mazzini Mazzini-statue.jpg Sheep Meadow,
West Drive, near 67th Street
40°46′22″N 73°58′36″W / 40.772867°N 73.976667°W / 40.772867; -73.976667 (Giuseppe Mazzini (sculpture))
Giovanni Turini, sculptor
F. Matriati, architect
George Fischer & Brother, foundry
1878 87870169 William Cullen Bryant delivered an address at the sculpture's unveiling.[14]
John Purroy Mitchel Memorial John Purroy Mitchel memorial jeh.jpg Engineers Gate,
East 90th Street & 5th Avenue
40°47′04″N 73°57′33″W / 40.784367°N 73.959167°W / 40.784367; -73.959167 (John Purroy Mitchel Memorial)
Adolph A. Weinman, sculptor
Thomas Hastings, architect
Donn Barber, architect.
Commissioned 1921
Dedicated 1928
76003532 Mitchel was the youngest mayor in New York City history. After losing re-election, he enlisted in World War I, and died in a training accident.
Thomas Moore Memorial
Bust of Thomas Moore
Thomas Moore bust CP jeh.jpg East Drive, between 60th & 61st Streets
40°45′56″N 73°58′24″W / 40.765556°N 73.973333°W / 40.765556; -73.973333 (Thomas Moore Memorial)
John G. Draddy, sculptor
P. E. Guerin, foundry
Dedicated 1879 76002891
Samuel Finley Breese Morse Memorial Morse statue 72 jeh.JPG 72nd Street & 5th Avenue
40°46′21″N 73°58′02″W / 40.7725°N 73.967306°W / 40.7725; -73.967306 (Samuel Morse Memorial)
Byron M. Pickett, sculptor
M. J. Power Bronze Founder
Commissioned 1870
Dedicated 1871
76003533
Mother Goose Entrance to Rumsey Play Field
40°46′21″N 73°58′10″W / 40.772439°N 73.969504°W / 40.772439; -73.969504 (Mother Goose)
Frederick Roth, sculptor 76003534
William Church Osborn Memorial Gates New York by Piotrus 018.JPG Entrance to Ancient Playground,
5th Avenue, between 84th & 85th Streets
40°46′51″N 73°57′40″W / 40.780728°N 73.961146°W / 40.780728; -73.961146 (Osborn Memorial Gates)
Paul Manship, sculptor
Aymar Embury II, architect
Cast 1952
Dedicated 1953
76007113
The Pilgrim
Pilgrim Fathers Monument
Pilgrim Father Central Park NYC.jpg Pilgrim Hill,
72nd Street
40°46′23″N 73°58′07″W / 40.77315°N 73.968553°W / 40.77315; -73.968553 (The Pilgrim (Ward))
John Quincy Adams Ward, sculptor
Richard Morris Hunt, architect
Henry-Bonnard Bronze Company, foundry
Cast 1884
Dedicated 1885
87870161
Pulitzer Fountain
"Fountain of Abundance"
Pomona
Grand Army Plaza, NYC (2014) - 2.JPG Grand Army Plaza
59th Street & 5th Avenue
40°45′51″N 73°58′25″W / 40.76403°N 73.97361°W / 40.76403; -73.97361 (Pulitzer Fountain)
Karl Bitter, sculptor
Thomas Hastings, architect
Karl Gruppe, sculptor
Orazio Piccirilli, sculptor (horns of plenty)
Isidore Konti, carver
Commissioned 1898
Dedicated 1916
76003537 Pomona.jpg Pomona
Following Bitter's death in 1915, Gruppe and Konti completed the Pomona statue.
Romeo and Juliet Romeo Juliet Delacort Theater jeh.jpg Delacorte Theater
40°46′50″N 73°58′08″W / 40.78056°N 73.968754°W / 40.78056; -73.968754 (Romeo and Juliet (Hebald))
Milton Hebald, sculptor
Spartaco Dionesi Foundry
Cast 1978
Installed 1978
87870172
Rumsey Tablet Gateway to Mary Harriman Rumsey Playground
40°46′21″N 73°58′11″W / 40.772435°N 73.969588°W / 40.772435; -73.969588 (Rumsey Tablet)
Unknown sculptor Installed 1937 76003539
Equestrian Statue of José de San Martín Central Park South (59th Street) & Avenue of the Americas (6th Avenue)
40°45′58″N 73°58′36″W / 40.7660146°N 73.9765739°W / 40.7660146; -73.9765739 (José de San Martín Statue)
Anthony de Francisci, sculptor
Radelli y Gemelli, foundry
Clarke, Rapuano and Holleran, landscape architects
Original 1862
Cast c. 1940-1950
Dedicated 1951
87870167 A copy after Louis Joseph Daumas's 1862 sculpture in Buenos Aires.
Schiller Memorial
Bust of Friedrich von Schiller
Central Park NYC - Johann C. F. von Schiller statue by C.L. Richter - IMG 5720.JPG Poets Walk, north side of The Mall
40°46′23″N 73°58′19″W / 40.773194°N 73.971831°W / 40.773194; -73.971831 (Friedrich von Schiller Memorial)
Charles Ludwig Richter, sculptor Dedicated 1859 76003543 First sculpture installed in Central Park.
Sir Walter Scott Memorial Central Park NYC - Walter Scott sculpture - IMG 5651.JPG Literary Walk, south end of The Mall
40°46′12″N 73°58′21″W / 40.770071°N 73.972422°W / 40.770071; -73.972422 (Sir Walter Scott Memorial)
Sir John Steell, sculptor Original c. 1845
Cast 1871
Dedicated 1872
76003545
William Shakespeare William Shakespeare Statue, Central Park, NYC.JPG 67th Street & The Mall
40°46′12″N 73°58′21″W / 40.769862°N 73.972474°W / 40.769862; -73.972474 (William Shakespeare (Ward))
John Quincy Adams Ward, sculptor
Robert Wood & Company, foundry
Jacob Wrey Mould, designer (of base)
Henry Parry, carver (of base)
Proposed 1864
Commissioned 1870
Cast 1871
Dedicated 1872
65700009 Commemorates the 300th anniversary of Shakespeare's birth – April 23, 1564.
Sherman Monument
William Tecumseh Sherman
Sherman gilded jeh.JPG Grand Army Plaza
5th Avenue & Central Park South
40°45′53″N 73°58′24″W / 40.76472°N 73.97322°W / 40.76472; -73.97322 (Sherman Monument)
Augustus Saint-Gaudens, sculptor
A. Phimister Proctor, sculptor (horse)
Charles Follen McKim, architect
Norcross Brothers, contractor
Commissioned 1892
Dedicated 1903
76003547
Sims Memorial Jmarionsimsjeh.JPG 103rd Street & 5th Avenue
40°47′33″N 73°57′10″W / 40.792489°N 73.952641°W / 40.792489; -73.952641 (Dr. J. Marion Sims)
Ferdinand von Miller II, sculptor
Aymar Embury II, architect
Cast 1892
Dedicated 1894
76003548
Sisters of Charity Plaque West of 106th Street
40°47′40″N 73°57′09″W / 40.7944936°N 73.952375°W / 40.7944936; -73.952375 (Plaque, Sisters of Charity)
Dedicated 1995 Mt. St. Vincent, from Robert N. Dennis collection of stereoscopic views.jpg Mount St. Vincent Academy/Central Park Hospital
Commemorates Mount St. Vincent Academy, a convent and school run by the Sisters of Charity of New York. The building was converted into a military hospital during the Civil War, and demolished in 1917.
Snowbabies Gateway to Mary Harriman Rumsey Playground
40°46′21″N 73°58′11″W / 40.772435°N 73.969588°W / 40.772435; -73.969588 (Snowbabies)
Victor Frisch, sculptor Installed 1938 76003550
William T. Stead Memorial Plaque William Thomas Stead NYC.JPG 5th Avenue & 91st Street
40°47′05″N 73°57′29″W / 40.784753°N 73.958117°W / 40.784753; -73.958117 (William T. Stead Memorial)
George James Frampton, sculptor
Carrere & Hastings, architects
Original 1913
Dedicated 1920
76003551 Stead was a British journalist who died in the sinking of the HMS Titanic. This is a copy of the 1913 Stead Memorial in London.
The Still Hunt
The Panther
Tiger Sclupture in Central Park NY.JPG East Drive
40°46′36″N 73°58′02″W / 40.776741°N 73.967304°W / 40.776741; -73.967304 (Still Hunt Statue)
Edward Kemeys, sculptor
M. J. Power Bronze Founder
Commissioned 1881
Installed 1883
76003552
Charles B. Stover Memorial Seat
"Whisper Bench"
Shakespeare Garden
40°46′48″N 73°58′10″W / 40.780022°N 73.969337°W / 40.780022; -73.969337 (Charles B. Stover Bench)
Unknown sculptor Installed 1935
Dedicated 1936
76003553
Strawberry Fields Memorial
John Lennon Memorial
John Lennon Memorial in Central Park, NYC.jpg West 72nd Street & Terrace Drive
40°46′33″N 73°58′31″W / 40.775735°N 73.975205°W / 40.775735; -73.975205 (Strawberry Fields (memorial))
Bruce Kelley, landscape architect Dedicated 1985 The "Imagine" mosaic was created by stone masons in Naples, Italy, who donated it to Central Park.
Sundial Shakespeare Garden Walter Beretta, sculptor 1945
The Tempest (on left)
Prospero and Miranda
Central Park in Manhattan, New York City, United States of America (9861393766).jpg Delacorte Theater
40°46′50″N 73°58′07″W / 40.780531°N 73.968626°W / 40.780531; -73.968626 (The Tempest (Hebald))
Milton Hebald, sculptor
A. Ottavino Corp., foundry
Commissioned 1966
Dedicated 1973
87870171
Thorvaldsen Memorial
Bertel Thorvaldsen Statue
Albert Bertel Thorvaldsen
East side, between 96th & 97th Streets
40°47′19″N 73°57′22″W / 40.788608°N 73.956005°W / 40.788608; -73.956005 (Thorvaldsen Memorial)
Cast 1892
Dedicated 1894
76003556 A bronze copy after the Danish sculptor's 1839 self-portrait (Thorvaldsen Museum, Copenhagen). Commissioned by the United Danes, Norwegians and Swedes of New York and Brooklyn to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Thorvaldsen's death.
Tigress and Cubs Tiger and cubs, from Robert N. Dennis collection of stereoscopic views.jpg Central Park Zoo
40°46′03″N 73°58′21″W / 40.767389°N 73.972448°W / 40.767389; -73.972448 (Tigress and Cubs Statue)
Auguste Cain, sculptor
F. Barbedienne, foundry
Cast 1866
Dedicated 1867
76003557
Untermyer Fountain
Three Dancing Maidens (cast after 1910 original)
Fountain of the Three Dancing Maidens
Central Park, NYC (June 2014) - 05.JPG Conservatory Garden
40°47′39″N 73°57′07″W / 40.79426°N 73.95195°W / 40.79426; -73.95195 (Untermyer Fountain)
Walter Schott, sculptor
H. Gladenbeck & Son, foundry
Cast c. 1910
Dedicated 1947
87870166 Fontaine par Walter Schott.jpg Schott's original fountain won a Gold Medal at the 1910 Brussels World's Fair.
USS Maine National Monument CentralPark 02.JPG 59th Street & Columbus Circle
40°46′06″N 73°58′52″W / 40.768242°N 73.981012°W / 40.768242; -73.981012 (USS Maine National Monument)
Attilio Piccirilli, sculptor
Harold Van Buren Magonigle, architect
Commissioned 1901
Dedicated 1913
76003528 Central Park South.jpg Columbia Triumphant

USS Maine National Monument - DSC05929.JPG South side: Victory (left), Courage, Peace, Fortitude

Piccirilli-MaineMemorial.jpg North side: The Warrior, Justice (missing her scale), History
USS Maine Memorial Tablet USS Maine Monument (1913), New York City (P1000111).JPG USS Maine National Monument Charles Keck, sculptor Cast 1913
Installed 1936
76003527 Cast of metal from the destroyed battleship.
Vanderbilt Gate Central Park 23.jpg Conservatory Gardens,
5th Avenue & 105th Street
40°47′37″N 73°57′07″W / 40.793511°N 73.951882°W / 40.793511; -73.951882 (Vanderbilt Gate)
Unknown sculptor Installed 1938 76003559
Daniel Webster Central Park NYC - Daniel Webster sculpture - IMG 5680.JPG West 72nd Street & West Drive
40°46′29″N 73°58′27″W / 40.77475°N 73.97412°W / 40.77475; -73.97412 (Daniel Webster (Ball))
Thomas Ball, sculptor Statuette cast 1853
Statue cast 1876
Dedicated 1876
76004876

Former sculptures[edit]


Name Image Location / GPS Coordinates Designers Year IAS number Notes
Auld Lang Syne[15]
"Tam O'Shanter and Souter Johnnie"
Tam O'Shanter and Souter Johnnie, near the Casino, by T. C. Roche.jpg 5th Avenue, by the Casino Robert Thomson [Thompson?], sculptor Carved 1862
Dedicated 1866
Moved to storage
Damaged in a fire 1881
Simón Bolívar Monument
Equestrian statue of Simón Bolívar
Statue of Bolivar, Central Park, N.Y, by E. & H.T. Anthony (Firm).jpg Central Park West & 83rd Street R. de la Cora [sic. Rafael de la Cova], sculptor Installed 1884
The awkward statue was removed by the 1890s. A proposed Bolívar statue by Giovanni Turini, to be placed on the same base, was rejected in 1897.[16] The current Bolívar statue, by Sally James Farnham, was installed in 1921.
Bust of Miguel de Cervantes Bust of Cervantes by Fernando Miranda c.1878.jpg Fernando Miranda, sculptor[17] Modeled c. 1878
Installed by 1892[18]
Removed after 1918
Cervantes Monument for Central Park by Fernando Miranda c.1878.jpg Sketch of the unexecuted Cervantes Monument (1878).[19]
Commerce Statuary of Commerce, Central Park, from Robert N. Dennis collection of stereoscopic views.jpg 8th Avenue, near 59th Street Installed 1865[20]
Shepard Fountain (destroyed) East Drive, opposite 78th Street Olin Levi Warner, sculptor
Unknown carver
Dedicated 1891 (Union Square)
Moved to Central Park c. 1898
Destroyed 1953
88100201 The marble drinking fountain was first installed in Union Square, where it was vandalized. It was moved to Central Park about 1898, but deteriorated, and was removed in 1953.[21]
Boy with Swan
Swan and Cygnet
Swan and Cygnet, by Moulton, John S., b. ca. 1820.png "near 5th Avenue entrance" Theodor Kalide, sculptor Original 1834 (Germany)
Donated 1863
Kalide's Boy with Swan was placed in the Charlottenburg Palace Gardens in Berlin in 1849.[22]
1863 Annual Report: "Feb. 28. One Bronze Fountain—Boy and Swan—presented by Thomas Richardson, Esq."[23]

Temporary sculptures[edit]


Name Image Location / GPS Coordinates Designers Year IAS number Notes
Volatile Presence
Valley Marker
Interrupted Messenger
Measured Presence
Central Park Plaza Beverly Pepper, sculptor 1983 87480101
87480102
87480103
87480104
The Gates ChristoGates.JPG 7,503 "gates," erected along 23 miles
(37 km) of Central Park pathways
Christo and Jeanne-Claude, artists Proposed 1979
February 12-27, 2005
71500738 Gates f.jpg
The Gates was meant to evoke the procession of Japanese gateways leading to Shinto shrines.
V W X Yellow Elephant Underwear /
H I J Kiddy Elephant Underwear[24]
2005-08-03 - US - New York - New York City - Manhattan - Central Park - Art - Taxi - Chin (4887619891).jpg Doris Freedman Plaza
5th Avenue & 60th Street
Chinatsu Ban, sculptor April 8 - July 24, 2005
Circle of Animals / Zodiac Heads Zodiac Ai Weiwei GAP jeh.jpg Pulitzer Fountain
5th Avenue & 59th Street
40°45′51″N 73°58′25″W / 40.76403°N 73.97361°W / 40.76403; -73.97361 (Pulitzer Fountain)
Ai Weiwei, sculptor May 4 - July 15, 2011
DSC 0040 (6405801383).jpg Doris Freedman Plaza 2011
How I Roll Piper Seneca GAP jeh.jpg Doris Freedman Plaza
5th Avenue & 60th Street
Paola Pivi, artist June 20 - July 18, 2012 The Piper Seneca would slowly rotate head-over-tail. YouTube video.
The sculpture was scheduled to be exhibited until August 26, but mechanical problems caused it to be removed in July.[25]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ With the monuments erected against the park's outer walls, the total of sculptures in the care of the Central Park Conservancy is described as "over fifty".

References[edit]

  1. ^ The park's sculpture is signed in the bronze "J. SUÑOL"; it bears the foundry mark of Federico Masriera Barcelona 1892.
  2. ^ "The Government Zone (Zone 1) Poland". 1939nyworldsfair.com. Retrieved June 17, 2014. 
  3. ^ Daniec, Jadwiga Irena (1982). "In the Footsteps of Stanislaw K. Ostrowski, 1879-1947". The Polish Review 27 (1/2): 77–91. Retrieved June 17, 2014. 
  4. ^ "King Jagiello Monument". Central Park Conservancy. Retrieved June 17, 2014. 
  5. ^ "Daniel Webster". Central Park Conservancy. Retrieved June 17, 2014. 
  6. ^ Central Park 2000: Alexander von Humboldt; NYC Dept of Parks & Recreation: Alexander von Humboldt Monument
  7. ^ "Hans Christian Andersen". Central Park Conservancy. Retrieved June 17, 2014. 
  8. ^ "Balto, (sculpture)". Save Outdoor Sculpture, New York, New York survey. 1993. Retrieved February 7, 2012. 
  9. ^ Signed in the bronze "J.Q.A. WARD Sculptor N.Y. 1866"; it was also inscribed by the bronze-founder, L.A. Amouroux, New York
  10. ^ "Indian Hunter". Central Park Conservancy. Retrieved June 17, 2014. 
  11. ^ "The Untermyer Fountain". Central Park Conservancy. Retrieved June 17, 2014. 
  12. ^ "Duke Ellington Memorial dedicated in Harlem," from ArtNet.
  13. ^ "Tablet is unveiled at old Fort Clinton," The New York Times, November 25, 1906.
  14. ^ Mazzini address
  15. ^ "The Lost Auld Lang Syne Sculpture in Central Park," Daytonian in Manhattan, June 18, 2012.
  16. ^ Michael Reed, "The Equestrian Monument of Simon Bolivar."[1]
  17. ^ Theodore Dreiser, "The Sculpture of Fernanado Miranda," Ainslee's Magazine 2 (September 1898), pp. 113-18.
  18. ^ The Sun's Guide to New York (1892), p. 122.[2]
  19. ^ "Cervantes. A Monument to be erected in Central Park to the memory of the famed Spanish Writer," The New York Herald, May 18, 1878.
  20. ^ Illustrated in A Description of the New York Central Park. With illustrations by Albert Finch Bellows (1869), p. 92.[3]
  21. ^ Shepard Fountain, from SIRIS.
  22. ^ The Boy with Swan, from Christies London.
  23. ^ Seventh Annual Report of the Board of Commissioners of the Central Park for the Year Ending with December 31, 1863. New York. Wm. C. Bryant & Co. 1864. page 56.[4]
  24. ^ Carol Vogel, "The Murakami Influence," The New York Times, April 6, 2005.
  25. ^ Rich Calder, "Shoddy work cut short Central Park art exhibit: suit," The New York Post, October 18, 2013.

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