"Statue of a master storyteller" Central Park - Statues Tip by csordila
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The larger-than-life bronze statue of famous storyteller Hans Christian Andersen was created by the Danish-American sculptor George Lober in 1954. City of Copenhagen contributed two 19th century street lamps that now stand on either side of the statue and it symbolize the good contacts between the US and Denmark.
It is an interesting fact that Danish and American children contributed to the expenses considerably. The tales of the world famous poet belong to the treasure of the world literature.
However, the storyteller was not only very hearty and humorous, but rather scrupulous man, as well. To his luggage also a rope belonged, what he took always with himself onto his travels, in order to let him be able to escape from his room at a potential hotel fire.
His tales such as "The Emperor's New Suit , "The Brave Tin Soldier , "The Princess and the Pea", "The Little Mermaid" are certainly between the most beautiful fairy tales of the world.
The sculpture is large enough so that children could climb up and sit in his lap to look into the book. Since 50 years, on Saturdays all summer long, children gather here at the Conservatory Pond in Central Park to hear his tales told by a fine ensemble of storytellers.
Address: Central Park, Conservatory Lake
Directions: Central Park from Fifth Ave at 72nd St west side of the Lake.
Storytelling event at the statue held every Saturday from 11:00 to 12:00.
Phone: ( 212) 310-6600
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