Tuesday, March 8, 2016

The Falconer

The Falconer by George Blackall Simonds, Central Park, New York
“The Falconer” by George Blackall Simonds, 1871
Terrace Drive, Central Park
New York, September 2008

“The Falconer is a bronze sculpture in Central Park, New York City by English sculptor George Blackall Simonds. It depicts a man in a theatrical version of Elizabethan dress standing on a high granite pedestal, releasing a hunting falcon. The Falconer, cast in 1871 in Florence, was erected in 1875 on a prominent rock overlooking the confluence of Terrace Drive and another carriage drive near the West 72nd Street drive entrance. The growth of surrounding trees has partly obscured the site. The sculpture has a history of being vandalized. The original falcon was stolen, and in the 1960s the New York City Parks Department commissioned their employee and sculptor, Joel Rudnick, to mold a new falcon which now sits on The Falconer's arm. This new falcon is substantially different from the original falcon.”
(The Falconer, Wikipedia)

2 comments:

Changes in the wind said...

Very interesting...

joo said...

Lovely sculpture