“A work of art doesn’t have to be explained. If you do not have any feeling about this, I cannot explain it to you. If this doesn’t touch you, I have failed.” —Louise Bourgeois

Looking back at Louise Bourgeois’s Helping Hands (1993–96), relocated from Chicago’s Jane Addams Memorial Park to Chicago Women’s Park in 2011, and featured in Art21’s 2001 Identity episode.

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IMAGES: Production stills from the Art in the Twenty-First Century Season 1 episode, Identity, 2001. © Art21, Inc. 2001.

Happy birthday Alice! Today marks the 150th anniversary of the publication of Lewis Carroll’s beloved work Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. The classic tale of a little girl and her very big adventure is the basis for one of Central Park’s most beloved climbing sculptures. Sculpted byJose de Creeft, ‘Alice in Wonderland’ depicts Alice holding court from her perch while the Mad Hatter hosts one of his famous tea parties. Located at the north end of Conservatory Water, the sculpture features lines from Carroll’s nonsensical poem, The Jabberwocky. Alice is cared for by Central Park Conservancy’s art conservation team.

Meet Claire Falkenstein: a sculptor whose monumental works in metal and glass grace public spaces all over Southern California. She once described one of her works (a piece for the phys ed building at Cal State Fullerton) as “metallic joy.”

Claire Falkenstein with one of her sculptures, ca. 1946 / unidentified photographer. Claire Falkenstein papers, Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.


Things To See and Do: The Arts

Central Park is a work of art that contains many additional works of art, as well as performance spaces, both official and unofficial. Monuments celebrate poets, composers, writers, singers, and the one and only Bard. 

Concerts, plays, recitals, they all take place within the Park’s 843-acres. Our events calendar, in addition to our new web feature, Things to See and Do, can help you find whatever you’re looking for ahead of time. Once you’re in the Park our app will tell you everything you need to know!

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Happy birthday Beethoven!

Much as no one actually knows on what day Shakespeare was born, the exact date of Beethoven’s birth has also been lost to the sands of time. But we do know on what day he was baptized, December 17, 1770. At this time, a child was generally baptized the day after his birth, and so it is assumed that the great composer was born in Bonn on this date two centuries ago. 

Beethoven is celebrated in Central Park with this lovely bust on the Mall at the Concert Grounds. The bust was donated to the Park by the German-American Choir Society–a group that frequently performed here–in 1884. The sculpture, which also includes a personification of the Genius of Music, stands on the location of the old cast iron bandstand that was demolished in the 1920s. The bandstand was replaced by the present Naumburg Bandshell in 1923, which is located where Beethoven once stood. There is a nearly identical sculpture of the much beloved composer in Brooklyn’s Prospect Park. The sculpture is cared for by Central Park Conservancy’s conservation team and was repatinated in 1992 to safeguard it from the elements.