Saturday, December 10, 2016

Burnett Memorial Fountain

Burnett Memorial Fountain designed by Aymar Embury II, statues by Bessie Potter Vonnoh, Conservatory Garden, Central Park, New York
Burnett Memorial Fountain designed by Aymar Embury II
Statues by Bessie Potter Vonnoh, 1936
Conservatory Garden, Central Park
New York, September 2008

“This fountain honors children’s book author Frances Eliza Hodgson Burnett. Friends of Burnett wanted to memorialize her after her death in 1924 with a storytelling area in Central Park. The Conservatory Garden, which reopened to the public in 1937, was chosen as the perfect site for the memorial. Some refer to the two figures, a reclining boy playing the flute and a young girl holding the bowl, as effigies of Mary and Dickon, the main characters in The Secret Garden. The bowl is a functioning birdbath where small birds drink during three seasons of the year. The sculpture stands on the edge of a small concrete pool that features a variety of water lilies. It was one of the earliest statues restored by Central Park Conservancy in the 1980s.” (Burnett Fountain, Central Park Conservancy)