Friday, February 12, 2010

Outdoor Statues in New York

Last Sunday after church, I took a really long walk through Central Park to start ticking off some items on my goals list. The batteries in my camera died so, I had to walk further than I wanted to, to Duane reade to buy some batteries. It was a nice day , I got almost two hours of walking in and got my pictures!

Here are some pictures of the statue of Bolto just up the path from the Tisch Childrens Zoo in Central Park. This is what is said in the above picture:
 “ Dedicated to the indomitable spirit of the sled dogs that relayed antitoxin six hundred miles over rough ice, across treacherous waters, through Arctic blizzards from Nenana to the relief of stricken Nome in the Winter of 1925. Endurance · Fidelity · Intelligence[4] ”

This is a couple of sentences from wikipedia to explain who Bolto was and what he did:

Balto (c.1919-14 March 1933) was a Siberian Husky sled dog who led his team on the final leg of the 1925 serum run to Nome, in which diphtheria antitoxin was transported from Anchorage, Alaska to Nenana, Alaska by train and then to Nome by dog sled to combat an outbreak of the disease.

The statue was sculpted by Frederick Roth, was erected in New York City's Central Park on December 17, 1925, just 10 months after Balto's arrival in Nome

This statue is a little ways up from the statue of Bolto.

From  wikipedia: Władysław II Jagiełło (help·info)[1] (born ca. 1362; died 1 June 1434), was Grand Duke of Lithuania and later King of Poland. He ruled in Lithuania from 1377, at first with his uncle, Kęstutis. In 1386, he converted to Christianity, was baptized as Władysław, married the young Queen Jadwiga of Poland, inducted into the Order of the Dragon and was crowned Polish king as Władysław Jagiełło.[2] His reign in Poland lasted a further forty-eight years and laid the foundation for the centuries-long Polish-Lithuanian union. He gave his name to the Jagiellon branch of the established Lithuanian Gediminids dynasty, which ruled both states until 1572,[3] and became one of the most influential dynasties in medieval Central and Eastern Europe.[4]

And this statue of a panther or couger, was a little surprise on an out cropping of rocks and it's on the path when you away from Bolto and  right before you reach the Jagiełło statue. You have to look up or you might miss him!
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