Friday, November 9, 2007

Bethesda Fountain


This is one of the most well-known spots in Central Park, which I'm sure many of you have seen before, Bethesda Fountain. I read that this was the only sculpture commissioned as part of the original design of the Park and it was unveiled in 1873. This photo was taken a few weeks ago when things were a little more green. Have a nice weekend!

15 comments:

Olivier said...

elle est magnifique cette statue, et le weekend il y a plein de concerts ou d'animations autour. J'aime beaucoup.

Hommage aux femmes : cette sculpture a été dessinée par Emma Stebbins, et il faut savoir que Stebbins était la première femme à faire un projet artistique pour la ville de New York.

Je te souhaite un bon weekend.


It is this magnificent statue, and the weekend there are plenty of concerts or entertainment around. I like a lot.

Tribute to Women: This sculpture was designed by Emma Stebbins, and he should know that Stebbins was the first woman to do an art project for the city of New York.

I wish you a good weekend.

nazzareno said...

A special photo! beautiful the fountain and beautiful the composition. Ciao. Buona domenica!

lv2scpbk said...

This is one of the better fountains I think I've seen. I like the tiers on it.

Gudl said...

Beautiful!

GiuCe said...

beautiful statue... :)

marley said...

This photo brings back happy memories for me. When I was in New York last year I went to central park on a wet day and literally had the park to myself. It was magical. The photo I took of this fountain is one of my best and really captured my memories of the park that day. Thanks for posting.

Ming the Merciless said...

Oh wow! I really love this photo. Most photos of the Bethesda Fountain do not have the background or foreground details; just the fountain and sky.

This is definitely one of the best photos of the fountain I have seen.

DaveM said...

I've been gogling this and there is lots on it but I was intrigued as to where the name came from. Was it a Welsh connection? i cant find anything on this bit. Enjoy your weekend too. Will you go for a run?

Wanda said...

Lori, this old California girl hasn't seen much on the East Coast...that one of the reasons I love your post. I get to see things I will probably never see in person.

Thank you, it's a wonderful fountain...lovely indeed!

Lori said...

Hello blogger friends thanks for stopping by today!

Dave, to answer your question, I don't know if there is a Welsh connection with the Fountain. This is some information from the Central Park 2000 website:

This neoclassical winged female figure symbolizes and celebrates the purifying of the city’s water supply when the Croton Aqueduct opened in 1842 bringing fresh water to all New Yorkers. For this reason she carries a lily, the symbol of purity in one hand while her other hand extends outward as she blesses the water below. The stimulus for the idea of the "Angel of the Waters" comes from the Gospel of Saint John, Chapter 5, the story of an angel bestowing healing powers on the pool of Bethesda in Jerusalem. Beneath the eight-foot gilded bronze statue are four smaller four-foot figures symbolizing Temperance, Purity, Health, and Peace.

As Olivier mentions it was sculpted by Emma Stebbins, but I don't think she was Welsh.

Lynette said...

Clicking on this photo to enlarge it revealed wonderful details. Thanks!

Rosy said...

I wish we had such a lovely looking fountian like this here.

John Roberts said...

A beautiful fountain. It looks more like June than November!

Blue Wave 707 said...

Wow! That looks like shot for a postcard! Awesome!

• Eliane • said...

Niiiiice!!! I was gonna say: wow, you got the water lilies now? ;)