August 2003

The Sculpture of Central Park

One of the many pleasures of New York's Central Park (now marking its 150th anniversary) is the splendid setting it provides for enjoying the numerous works of sculpture placed there. A selection of our own favorites (beginning at the north end of the park) follows:

An invaluable volume of information (with black & white photographs) on all the works cited above is The Art Commission and the Municipal Art Society Guide to Manhattan's Outdoor Sculpture (1988), by Margot Gayle and Michele Cohen. Unfortunately, it is out of print, but copies of the original paperback edition can often be purchased (not inexpensively, however) through Bookfinder and other online sources.

For further information on Central Park:
Central Park Conservancy (the official website for the park--do not miss the "Virtual Park," which includes maps showing the location of the sculptures and other features.)
New York Focus: Central Park
Central Park (a personal website)
The Conservatory Garden [more]
Central Park: A Sesquicentennial Celebration at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, May 15, 2003-September 28, 2003
Buy a Map and Guide (highly detailed and worth every penny)
Map and Information
Useful Information for Parents and Ordinary Adults [more]
Food for Kids
Restroom Locations

If you plan a tour of the park, you might want to consult enlargements of the sectional maps, to determine the location of rest rooms, ahead of time. See also this map.