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History

This text is part of Parks’ Historical Signs Project and can be found posted within the park.

This decorative marble birdbath was donated by the family of Edith Deacon Martin (1898–1941). Italian-born sculptor Oronzio Maldarelli (1892–1963) created the piece, which sits opposite the Central Park Zoo cafeteria. When the birdbath was dedicated in 1942, it was placed near the Lion House. After renovation of the zoo complex in the mid-1980s, the piece was removed and conserved by Parks. Parks Monuments crews uncovered a fish-like insignia and an inscription near the base with Martin’s name. Also revealed during the conservation was the Latin phrase along the rim of the basin meaning “To the Greater Glory of God” and the Greek word for fish, a Christian symbol. A sculpture of three doves crowns the piece.

Martin Birdbath Details

  • Location: Cafeteria pergola, formerly the Lion House
  • Sculptor: Oronzio Maldarelli
  • Description: Bird bath
  • Materials: Colorado black marble and white marble
  • Dimensions: H: 5'6"
  • Dedicated: 1942
  • Donor: Edith Deacon Martin
  • Inscription: EDITH DEACON MARTIN / 1898 1941 / OMNIA AD MAIROEM DE GLORIAM/

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As of April 27, Central Park's Bow Bridge is closed to the public for structural work and a fresh coat of paint. The work is expected to last three to four months. Removing the old paint will require wrapping the bridge in a tent-like structure to prevent debris from falling into the water. Along with repainting, the work will include replacing the wooden decking, fixing several beams on the underside of the span, and reinforcing approaches at either end.
Anticipated Completion: Summer 2015

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Starting June 29, 2015, Central Park Drives north of 72nd Street will be permanently car-free. For more information, please visit on.nyc.gov/1MOAh40.

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