Weekly NY Photo #56

Sherman Monument at Grand Army Plaza, Central Park

This striking monument is at the southeast corner of Central Park. It shows the Union Army General William Tecumseh Sherman astride his horse, Ontario, led by the goddess Victory/Nike.

The monument was commissioned in 1892 by the New York Chamber of Commerce. It was created by American sculptor (and New Yorker!) Augustus Saint-Gaudens. It took 10 years to finish, with the final work being completed in Paris, before the monument was dedicated on May 30, 1903.

The gilded bronze statues sit upon a Stony Creek pink granite pedestal designed by Charles Follen McKim.

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