b. Odense, Denmark d. Copenhagen, Denmark
Sculptor: Georg John Lober 1892-1961 USA
Sponsored by the Danish-American Women's
Association with contributions from
schoolchildren of Denmark and New York City.
Overlooking the Conservatory Water with
sailboats and wide-eyed kids is the bronze statue
of Hans Christian Andersen.
It is not surprising considering the stylistic
elements added to this sculpture that it has
become a children's favorite in Central Park.
Sitting on a bench with an open book on his
leg the bronze figure invites children to climb
up and read a page from his best-known bookThe Ugly Duckling.
Not far from his leg a curious duck looks up
to Andersen in anticipation of the storys
happy ending. Bordered by benches it is
the perfect setting for outdoor storytelling
scheduled during the warmer months.
Other statues that have a similar appeal to
children are Alice in Wonderland and Balto.