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June 2nd, 2003, 11:49 PM
Text from centralparknyc.org

Pulitzer Fountain

Grand Army Plaza at 59th Street and Fifth Avenue

Pulitzer Fountain
Sculptor: Karl Bitter (1867-1915)
Date: 1916; Placed in Park: 1916
Donor: Joseph Pulitzer
Material: Bronze statue, granite fountain

When newspaper publisher Joseph Pulitzer died in 1911, he bequeathed $50,000 "for the erection of a fountain like those in the Place de la Concorde, Paris, France." Pulitzer probably got the idea to locate the fountain in Grand Army Plaza from Karl Bitter, the Austrian sculptor, who proposed a symmetrical plaza for this area. After a closed design competition it was not surprising that Bitter and the architect Thomas Hastings were commissioned to create the fountain. To make the plaza symmetrical, the Sherman monument was moved 16 feet west to its present location.

Bitter's bronze sculpture represents Pomona, the Roman goddess of abundance. Rams' heads with horns of plenty flank the fountain, again emphasizing the theme of wealth and material comfort. During the winter holiday season, lighted trees decorate the basin of the fountain, adding a festive touch to the Park's entrance.



June 5th, 2003, 03:35 PM
So, I take it, Karl Bitter's immortal spirit finished this statue one year after his death...

August 17th, 2003, 08:58 PM
Actually ... "The day Bitter finished the clay model for the
sculpture, he was run over and killed by a car in New York, giving his assistant the task of completing the fountain." (from http://www.centralpark2000.com/database/pulitzer_ftn.html)

October 23rd, 2007, 12:54 AM
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2051/1702121033_3409474947_o.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/sudentas/sets/72157602629739991/show/)