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Monuments in Bryant Park

An “outdoor museum” of public art works

 
 
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By Barry Swackhamer, May 19, 2012
1. Monuments in Bryant Park Marker
[Illustrations: top left] William Cullen Bryant Memorial by Herbert Adams, [bottom left] Gertrude Stein by Jo Davidson, [top center] Johann Wolfgang von Goethe by Karl Fischer, [bottom center] William Earle Dodge by John Quincy Adams Ward, [top right] Josephine Shaw Lowell Memorial by Charles Adams Platt, [middle right] José Banifácio de Andrada é Silva by Jose Otávio Correia Lima, [bottom right] Benito Juárez by Moises Cabrera Orozco.
Inscription. (18) The William Cullen Bryant Memorial, a tribute, like the name of the park itself, to one of the most important New Yorkers of the nineteenth century, is a bronze by Herbert Adams – one of the best New York sculptors of his period. Thomas Hastings, an architect of the New York Public Library, designed the marble setting. Bryant (1794-1878) was a poet, newspaper owner and editor, and a civic reformer.

(17) The bronze of the American writer Gertrude Stein (1874-1946), just to the west of the Bryant Memorial, was created in 1923 by the New York-born sculptor, Jo Davidson. Donated to the park in 1992, the statue is a cast made from the original, which is now in the collection of the Whitney Museum of American Art.

(16) On the south side of the park is a bronze bust of the great German writer Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749-1832), by Karl Fischer, who created the bust in the year Goethe died. The Goethe Club of New York purchased it in 1876 and donated it to the Metropolitan Museum of Art – which in turn donated it to Bryant Park in 1932, the centennial of the writer’s death.

(19) Master sculptor John Quincy Adams Ward’s bronze statue of William Earle Dodge (1805-83) on the north side of the park, was one of the first in the city to honor a local citizen. Dodge was a businessman (Phelps, Dodge & Co., Native American

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By Barry Swackhamer, May 19, 2012
2. Monuments in Bryant Park Marker
rights activist, and philanthropist, who helped found the Y.M.C.A. in America. Originally dedicated in Herald Square on October 22, 1885, the statue was moved here in 1941.

(15) Dedicated in 1912, the pink granite Josephine Shaw Lowell Memorial Fountain by Charles Adams Platt, an authority on Italian Renaissance gardens and fountains, was the city’s first public memorial to a woman. Social worker Lowell (1843-1905) founded the Charity Organization Society in 1882.

(21) Overlooking Avenue of the Americas is a bronze statue of José Bonifácio de Andrada e Silva (1763-1838), by José Otávio Correia Lima. Dedicated in 1955, the statue was a gift from the people of Brazil when Sixth Avenue was renamed and conceived in the spirit of pan-American cooperation. Andrada, a leader in the Brazilian fight for independence from Portugal, became Brazil’s first prime minister. (20) Just to the north of Andrada, also on the Avenue of the Americas, is bronze statue of Benito Juárez (1806-1872), by Moises Cabrera Orozco. Juárez, a beloved Mexican President, is the first Mexican to be commemorated with a city monument. The statue was a gift from the Mexican State of Oaxaca to the City of New York and was dedicated on October 9, 2004.
 
Location. 40° 45.239′ N, 73° 58.979′ W. Marker is in New York, New York, in

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By Barry Swackhamer, May 19, 2012
3. William Cullen Bryant Memorial by Herbert Adams
New York County. Marker can be reached from West 42nd Street. Touch for map. This marker is located in Bryant Park which is bounded by West 42nd Street, 6th Avenue (Avenue of the Americas), West 40th Street and the New York Public Library. Marker is in this post office area: New York NY 10018, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Bryant Park Today ( within shouting distance of this marker); Buildings Overlooking Bryant Park ( about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Crystal Palace ( about 300 feet away); Early Bryant Park ( about 400 feet away); New York Public Library ( about 600 feet away); Algonquin Hotel ( about 700 feet away); "The Kneeling Fireman" ( approx. 0.2 miles away); The Fred F. French Building ( approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in New York.
 
Also see . . .  Wiliam Cullen Bryant - Poem Hunter. Bryant edited the very successful Picturesque America which was published between 1872 and 1874. This two-volume set was lavishly illustrated and described scenic places in the United States and Canada. (Submitted on July 3, 2012, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.) 
 
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William Earle Dodge by John Quincy Adams Ward image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, May 19, 2012
4. William Earle Dodge by John Quincy Adams Ward
Benito Juárez by Moises Cabrera Orozco image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, May 19, 2012
5. Benito Juárez by Moises Cabrera Orozco
José Banifácio de Andrada é Silva by Jose Otávio Correia Lima image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, May 19, 2012
6. José Banifácio de Andrada é Silva by Jose Otávio Correia Lima
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 3, 2012, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 330 times since then and 23 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on July 3, 2012, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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