Wednesday, July 15, 2009

New York's Central Park Angel...

Yesterday I admitted how hard it has become to find new angels in L.A. and so I was reminded of another city with another famous angel, the one atop the Bethesda Fountain in Central Park in New York.
Angelic Bethesda Fountain
Although not a Los Angeles angel, it does have an interesting history worth sharing. Bethesda Terrace overlooks The Lake in New York's Central Park and on the lower level of the terrace you'll find the intriguing Bethesda Fountain.
Bethesda Fountain in Central Park, New York
The 'Angel of the Waters' that rests atop the fountain was designed by Emma Stebbins, sculpted in 1868 and unveiled in 1873.

The inspiration for the sculptural centerpiece comes from the Gospel of Saint John, Chapter 5, where an angel blessed a pool in Bethesda, Jerusalem, with healing waters.
Bethesda Fountain angel
The angel carries a lily, the symbol of purity in one hand and with the other reaches out to bless the water below. The statue celebrates purifying the city's water supply when the Croton Aqueduct opened in 1842 and brought fresh water to all New York residents.
Bethesda Fountain Central Park
Beneath the eight-foot bronze sculpture of the neoclassical winged female figure are four small cherubs that symbolise purity, health, peace and temperance.
Bethesda Fountain Central Park
Luckily when I was last in New York I took these pictures, it's just a shame that L.A. doesn't have a similar sculpture or fountain considering its evocative nickname, the City of Angels.

Well that's our arts history lesson over for the day, now off to find some culture in L.A. Wish me luck...

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