Photos 28 Mar 2010 08:03 am

Sunday Statue Photo Recap

These photos first appeared here in July 2007. All of the statues stand proudly in the same places. Spring’s in the air.

- Like most cities, New York is rich in statues. There are plenty of them in the parks, but there are others on the streets and outside buildings.

On my daily excursion from home to studio I see a lot of the same statues, and I thought today I’d feature some of these. For the most part they all fall into the same school, what I’ll call early twentieth century representational. They all honor some hero or other.

The entrance to Madison Square Park, at 23rd Street and Broadway, has a
large statue celebrating William Steward. He was Lincoln’s Secretary of
State, a former Senator and anti-slavery advocate. He was part of Booth’s
conspiracy to kill off Lincoln and other members of his cabinet and was___
stabbed in the throat that same night. ______________________________
He eventually recovered to serve under Andrew Johnson._______________
left: William Seward ___ right: David Glasgow Farragut

David G. Farragut was one of the most colorful naval commanders of the
Civil War. Though he was unsuccessful in early naval operations against
Vicksburg, Farragut’s success at New Orleans and Mobile Bay secured his
place in history as one of America’s most celebrated heroes.

Chester K. Arthur, the twenty-first President of the United States (1881-1885)
He stands at the Madison Avenue, 26th Street entrance to the park.

The east side of the park at 16th Street features this large and beautiful statue which is surrounded by tables where people can carry treats from the open market and rest. I haven’t yet found a plaque telling what the statue represents, but it looks to be
derivative of Daumier’s beautiful painting of a mother with her children.

Gandhi stands, almost hidden, at a side entrance to
the Park at 15th Street and University Place.


You can see that he stands almost hidden among the grass, flowers and weeds.

One Response to “Sunday Statue Photo Recap”

  1. on 31 Mar 2010 at 4:33 pm 1.Kedar said …

    Its so sad that some no-name statues are well placed and the person who taught non-violence sits hidden. I agree that they are beautiful but it just shows how we honor a great personality of human kind.

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