Sculpture of William Tecumseh Sherman
Sculptor and designer for coins for the US Mint, Augustus Saint Gaudens studied at Cooper Union and the National Academy of Design. He began casting bronze for Civil War memorials, and his realism gained him success. His most famous piece may be Diana, who stands on one foot and pulls back a bow and arrow (which is at the Met, with copies in other cities as well.) He also started a summer artist colony in rural New Hampshire which was visited by Maxfield Parrish.
This sculpture of William Tecumseh Sherman atop a horse and led by Nike is bronze with a real gold leaf surface, and was moved closer to Central Park when the plaza was constructed. It is a beautiful corner, which is really evocative of Olmstead’s original vision for the area and Central Park.
Who: Augustus Saint Gaudens
What: sculpture of William Tecumseh Sherman
Where: 60th Street and 5th Avenue
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