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The Oldest Bronze in Central Park

Central Park is full of sculpture, some interesting, some not so much. The sorta gory Eagles and Prey by Christophe Fratin may not be a total show stopper, but the taxidermy-influenced piece is actually the oldest sculpture in all of Central Park. Cast in Paris in 1850, manufacturing giant Gordon Webster Burnham commissioned the piece and showed off his wealth, gifting it to the city soon after.  Take a looksee and you’ll notice how realistic the eagles are- probably because Fratin’s dad was a taxidermist.


Who: Christophe Fratin

What: Eagles and Prey

Where: Central Park

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