Angel of the Waters
Bethesda Fountain - Then and Now
An original 1860's masterpiece from sculptress Emma Stebbins, the fountain was part of the original architectural plan for Central Park. Stebbins' work was the first commissioned public work by a woman. With care from the Central Park Conservancy, plants and flowing water have been the norm in recent years. The statue remains beautiful. although as you can see here, at the moment (spring/summer 2020) it is now dry
as parks, pools, etc. take measures to limit crowds and risks in a time of global pandemic.
There is no water shortage, however, and the angel will be pouring water again, hopefully soon. Of note, the water comes from the Old Croton Aqueduct, which was celebrated by Olmsted and Central Park, a crucial source of fresh, clean water for the island of Manhattan and New York, essential for moving forward confidently following earlier ravages of cholera. Quite an interesting history.Stay safe! Enjoy your weekend as you can....
More "classic" New York images from Central Park and around town: http://www.fenichel.com/NYNY.shtml
Take a socially safe tour of New York Spring/Summer 2020: http://www.fenichel.com/pandemic