Saturday, 2 August 2014

Picture This #262 ~ Pot Luck

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Bethesda Fountain, Central Park, NYC
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Rising from Bethesda Terrace is Bethesda Fountain, with the famous Angel of the Waters statue atop. The statue references the Gospel of John, which describes an angel blessing the Pool of Bethesda and giving it healing powers. The fountain commemorates the Croton water system, which first brought fresh water to New York City in 1842. The angel carries a lily in her left hand — a symbol of the water's purity, very important to a city that had previously suffered from a devastating cholera epidemic before the system was established. The piece is the only statue that was commissioned for the Park. Created by Emma Stebbins, it also marked the first time a woman received a public art commission in New York City.
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8 comments:

  1. Hi Debby, I'm glad I came back to check on my comment, because it didn't post (no doubt my fault). Anyway, I love your two pictures of Bethesda Fountain and the fascinating history. The second picture is especially remarkable, capturing the angel, the trees and the sky. Very striking! And what a grand picture of the two lovers in the bottom picture. Subtle but quite effective.

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  2. Congrats on the lovely header Debby and on three great pot luck captures for this weeks theme ;)

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  3. Beautiful fountain and arcs in the facade

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  4. Hi Debby!! Wonderful shots for this week's theme. Both shots of the fountain are lovely, and thank you for filling in the history of it for us. Great candid of the couple kissing in the archway in the last shot.

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  5. These r really fantastic shots

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  6. Hi Deb! Three nice shots but the third from the top is my favourite. Interesting to see three arches and in terms of human elements there is almost a perfect symmetry .. one man on each side, while the couple is in the centre of the three arches.. love it!

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  7. That fountain is beautiful and so is the last one.

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  8. hi debbie, lovely pics you posted. my fav is the one with the lovers in the middle, it's so romantic and you certainly know that romanticism is something we have in our souls in Italy

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