Sunday, December 17, 2017

Statue of an Historical Figure: Johann Christoph Friedrich Von Schiller - Central Park, NY, NY

Johann Christoph Friedrich Von Schiller
Central Park
NY, NY


N 40° 46.390 W 073° 58.303



Short Description: 

A monument honoring German poet, historian, and playwright Johann Christoph Friedrich Von Schiller is located in the upper part of The Mall in Central Park, New York City.

Long Description:

A 4' by 8" by 6.5" bronze bust of Johann Christoph Friedrich Von Schiller is set on a 12.5' by 7.25' by 3' pink granite base. Schiller is depicted from the bare upper chest and shoulders. He has long wavy hair that extends down to his shoulders and is looking straight ahead with piercing eyes.





The sculpture was created by C.L. Richter and installed and dedicated in Central Park on Dedicated Nov. 9, 1859. The front of the base is inscribed:


JOHANN CHRISTOPH
FRIEDRICH VON
SCHILLER
1759-1805

POET
DRAMATIST
HISTORIAN 

Johann Christoph Friedrich Von Schiller was born in Marbach am Neckar, Württemberg, Germany on November 10, 1759. He attended He entered the Karlsschule Stuttgart military academy in 1773 where he studied medicine. While at school he was influenced by the writings of Rousseau and Goethe.

In 1781 he published his first play The Robbers (Die Räuber). Other plays by Schiller include:

Fiesco (Die Verschwörung des Fiesco zu Genua)
Intrigue and Love (Kabale und Liebe) 
Don Carlos
The Wallenstein trilogy: Wallenstein's Camp, The Piccolomini, and Wallenstein's Death 
Mary Stuart (Maria Stuart) 
The Maid of Orleans (Die Jungfrau von Orleans)
The Bride of Messina (Die Braut von Messina)
William Tell (Wilhelm Tell)

Schiller is regarded as the "poet of the people". His dedication to human rights prompted the French to make him a citizen in 1792. His most famous poem An die Freude (Ode to Joy) became the basis for the 4th movement of Beethoven's 9th symphony. Other poems include:

Der Taucher (The Diver)
Die Kraniche des Ibykus (The Cranes of Ibykus)
Der Ring des Polykrates (Polycrates' Ring)
Die Bürgschaft (The Hostage)
Das Lied von der Glocke (Song of the Bell)
Das verschleierte Bild zu Sais (The Veiled Statue at Sais)
Der Handschuh (The Glove)
Nänie 

Johann Christoph Friedrich Von Schiller died in Weimar, Germany on May 9, 1805 at age 45.

Saturday, December 16, 2017

Statue of Historical Figure: Ludwig van Beethoven - Central Park, NY, NY

Ludwig van Beethoven
Central Park
NY, NY


N 40° 46.373 W 073° 58.316



Short Description: 

A monument honoring German composer and pianist Ludwig van Beethoven is located in the upper part of The Mall in Central Park, New York City.




Long Description:

A 50" by 30" by 18" bronze bust of Ludwig van Beethoven is set on top of an 11.33' by 7.8' square granite base. Strangely, the monument is located directly in front of a large tree which obscures it from direct view. Fortunately the bust depicts Beethoven looking towards his left shoulder so the bust is in excellent view. The front of the base has an 5.5' bronze allegorical female figure, representing the muse of music, dressed in classical robes and holds the lyre by her left side with her left hand. Above her is the inscription BEETHOVEN.



The bust was created by Henry Baerer and dedicated July 22, 1884. The back of the base is inscribed:

ERECTED 
AND 
PRESENTED 
TO THE 
CITY OF NEW YORK
BY THE
BEETHOVEN MAENNER CHOR
ON THEIR 
JULY 22ND 1884 

Beethoven is depicted from the mid chest and shoulders. He has his characteristic mane of wavy hair and is wearing a jacket, has an ascot around his neck and a cape draped over his right shoulder.

Beethoven is one of the most important and influential composers of all time. he was born in Bonn, Germany and baptised on December 17, 1770. He was taught musical composition by the Court Organist Christian Gottlob Neefe and became his assistant organist and a proficient pianist. His first three piano sonatas were published in 1783 at age 12. He made his public piano debut in 1800. Soon thereafter became progressively deaf but this disability did not undermine Beethoven’s as a composer. In addition to piano sonatas he composed chamber music.

Beethoven is best known for his symphonies. He wrote nine symphonies and seven numbered piano concertos but his Third "Eroica", Fifth, and Ninth "Choral" Symphonies are particularly famous. His musical catalog includes over 200 works including a single opera Fidelio and many choral works and songs. His music marks the beginning of the Romantic era in music.

Friday, December 15, 2017

Epic Being: Angel of the Waters at the Bethesda Terrace - Central Park, NY, NY

Angel of the Waters
Central Park
NY, NY


N 40° 46.450 W 073° 58.254



Short Description: 

The Angel of the Waters is the central figure of the Bethesda Fountain which is located in the Bethesda Terrace at in the middle of Central Park on the southeast shore of The Lake opposite at 72nd Street.



Long Description:

In the center of the Bethesda Terrace is a famous fountain featuring the Angel of the Waters. The angel is referred to in the Gospel of John 5:4 describing the events at the Pool of Bethesda:

"For an angel went down at a certain time into the pool, and troubled the water: whosoever then first after the troubling of the water stepped in was made whole of whatsoever disease he had."

The Angel of the Waters is set on top of the central shaft of a two-tiered fountain. The neoclassical winged figure has her wings outspread as as she walks forward stirring the waters of Pool of Bethesda. In her right hand she is holding a lily, symbolizing purity, Four cherub figures at the base represent temperance, purity, health, and peace. The 8' high bronze sculpture was created by Emma Stebbins in 1868 and dedicated on May 31, 1873. It was unveiled in 1873.

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Figurative Sculpture: The Falconer - Central Park, NY, NY

The Falconer
Central Park
NY, NY


N 40° 46.452 W 073° 58.423



Short Description: 

The Falconer is located on top of  a rock outcrop south of the 72nd Street transverse road on West Drive, Central Park, New York City.

Long Description:

The Falconer is a 12' by 2.5' by 4' bronze sculpture set on a installed on a cylindrical granite base. It depicts a young man dressed in Elizabethan garb with a feathered cap and a shirt underneath an ornate thigh-length tunic which is tied around his waist. A sheathed dagger hangs from his belt. His left arm is raised and falcon with outspread wings is perched on his left hand.



The sculpture was created by George Simonds and cast at the Clemente Papi foundry in 1871. It was dedicated in Central Park on May 31, 1875. The front of the base is inscribed:

THE FALCONER

PRESENTED BY GEORGE KEMP MDCCCLXXV 

Famous Fictional Figures: Prospero and Miranda, Central Park, NY, NY

Prospero and Miranda
Central Park
NY, NY


N 40° 46.842 W 073° 58.126




Short Description: 

A sculpture depicting two characters from Shakespeare's Tempest, Prospero and Miranda, is located outside the Delacorte Theatre, opposite W 81st Street in Central Park, New York City.

Long Description:

The sculpture titled The Tempest depicts the main characters of Shakespeare's tragicomedy - Prospero, the rightful Duke of Milan and his daughter Miranda.

In this larger than life, somewhat abstract, bronze sculpture the magician Prospero is standing to the right of his daughter Miranda. He is sheltering Miranda under his left arm while casts a spell conjuring up a tempest with his right hand. The details of the sculpture are created in a rough cast, suggestive style. Milton Hebald created the sculpture which was installed in front of Central Park's Delacorte Theatre in 1973. The sculpture rests on a rectangular granite base that is inscribed:


THE TEMPEST
GIFT OF GEORGE DELACORTE

Prospero is a sorcerer and the rightful Duke of Milan,, He together with his daughter Miranda have been deposed and exiled for twelve years on an island by Prospero's jealous brother Antonio.

The play takes it's title from the action of Prospero that, divining that his brother Antonio is on a nearby ship, raises a tempest that causes the passengers to believe they are shipwrecked and marooned.

Prospero has been played by Sir Michael Redgrave and most recently by Patrick Stewart. Miranda has most recently been played by Felicity Jones

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Famous Fictional Figures: Romeo and Juliet - Central Park, NY, NY

Romeo and Juliet 
Central Park
NY, NY


N 40° 46.827 W 073° 58.126



Short Description: 

A sculpture of Romeo and Juliet is located outside the entrance to the Delacorte Theatre which is located in the middle of Central Park, opposite 81st Street, in New York City.

Long Description:

A larger than life size bronze sculpture of the protagonist of Shakespeare's tragedy, Romeo and Juliet, depicts the world's most famous doomed lovers standing on a pink granite base while embracing each other. Romeo's head is leaning forward as he is looking into Juliet's eyes. He has his right hand on her left hip and his left hand on her back. Juliet's head is tilted back with her long hair is draped behind her. She has her left hand on the back of Romeo's head and her right hand on his waist.

Romeo is wearing a tunic tied around his waist with a belt, trousers and slip on shoes. Juliet bare footed. She is bare from the waist up, otherwise, she is wearing a sheer garment that reaches her calves before sweeping to the floor between Romeo's legs.

The sculpture was created by Milton Hebald, cast at the Spartaco Dionesi Foundry, and installed in front of the Delacorte Theatre in 1977. The front of the base is inscribed:


ROMEO AND JULIET

A GIFT OF
GEORGE DELACORTE

The Montagues and Capulets are feuding families, whose children Romeo Montague and Juliet Capulet meet and fall in love. They must carry out their relationship in secret because their parents will not allow them to be together. The result is tragic.

The most recent stars that have portrayed Romeo and Juliet were Leonardo DiCaprio and Clare Danes.

The Delacorte Theatre is the home of free Shakespeare in the Park productions.

Monday, December 4, 2017

Roadside Attraction: Balto and the Team of Sled Dogs - Central Park, NY, NY

Balto and 
The Team of Sled Dogs
Central Park
NY, NY


N 40° 46.199 W 073° 58.260



Short Description: 

A monument featuring a bronze statue of lead dog Balto and a plaque honoring the sled dog team that brought life saving medication to Nome, Alaska is located in Central Park, NY.



Long Description:

In the winter of 1925, Nome, Alaska was stricken by a diphtheria epidemic. To rescue the residents of Nome, Gunnar Kaasen's sled dog team with lead dog Balto was sent from Nenana to Nome, Alaska with life saving diphtheria antitoxin. To honor the heroic effort of the sled dogs a statue of Balto and an accompanying plaque was erected in Central Park.

A 4' by 2' by 1.5' bronze statue of Balto stand on a 1.5' high bronze plinth that matches the rock outcrop on which the statue is set. Balto's stands on spread apart legs. A sled rope is hanging from his back and his tongue is sticking out of his mouth as if he is panting. The front of the plinth is inscribed BALTO.



The bronze plaque on the face of the rock outcrop has the image of the sled team and is inscribed:

DEDICATED TO THE INDOMITABLE SPIRIT OF
THE SLED DOGS
THAT RELAYED ANTITOXIN SIX HUNDRED MILES OVER ROUGH ICE
ACROSS THE TREACHEROUS WATERS THROUGH ARCTIC BLIZZARDS FROM
NENANA TO THE RELIEF OF STRICKEN NOME IN THE
WINTER OF 1925

ENDURANCE FIDELITY INTELLIGENCE