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Bronx Park

Fountain of Life

  • Location: New York Botanical Garden; front of administration building
  • Sculptor: Carl C. Tefft
  • Description: Group (life size) of three figures, two of which are riding horse-like sea creatures and one that rides a porpoise, on a pedestal
  • Materials: Group--bronze; Pedestal---Dover marble
  • Cast: ca. 1905
  • Dedicated: 1905
  • Foundry: Roman Bronze Works
  • Donor: Purchase
  • Inscription: 1) rear of dolphin base: "(signed) CARL TEFFT / SCULPTOR"

    2) rear of dolpin base: " ROMAN BRONZE WORKS NY 1905"

Please note, the NAME field includes a primary designation as well as alternate namings often in common or popular usage. The DEDICATED field refers to the most recent dedication, most often, but not necessarily the original dedication date. If the monument did not have a formal dedication, the year listed reflects the date of installation.

For more information, please contact Art & Antiquities at (212) 360-8143

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Work is taking place on the Bronx River at East 182nd street in Bronx Park to install a specially-built passage to help fish swim upstream. The passage will establish a sustainable herring population on the river by providing access to freshwater spawning habitat. The project will also include a canoe portage, reconstruction of parts of the dam, fencing, a new picnic area and restoration of the surrounding ecosystem.
Anticipated Completion: Fall 2014

Bronx Park Weather

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    Mostly Sunny
    37°F
  • Sat
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    37°F
  • Sun
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    50°F
  • Mon
    Mostly Cloudy
    54°F

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