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William Church Osborn Gates map_it

  • Sculptor: Paul Manship
  • Architect: Aymar Embury II (designer)
  • Description: Decorative gate with piers topped with animal groups
  • Materials: Bronze, Minn. mahog. Cold Spring granite
  • Dimensions: Gates H: 6' W: 4'; Pylons H: 8'5" W: 1'6" D: 1'6"; Group H: 2'9"
  • Dedicated: 1953
  • Donor: William Church Osborn Memorial Committee
  • Inscription: EAST PYLON: IN / MEMORY OF / WILLIAM / CHURCH / OSBORN / 1861-1951 / HE
    SERVED HIS / CITY AND STATE / FAITHFULLY / AND WELL/

    WEST PYLON: PRESIDENT / THE CHILDREN'S / AID SOCIETY / 1901-1949/
    NEW YORK / SOCIETY FOR / THE RELIEF OF / THE RUPTURED / AND CRIPPLED/
    1910-1925 / 1928-1937 / METROPOLITAN / MUSEUM OF ART / 1941-1947/

    GATES: EAST: THE FOX AND THE CROW / THE CROW LISTENED TO THE
    FOXES / FLATTERY DROPPED THE CHEESE/

    THE HARE AND THE TORTOISE / SLOW AND STEADY WINS THE RACE/

    WEST: THE CRANE ALOFT SURVEYS THE WORLD.. / THE
    EARTHBOUND / PEACOCK STRUTS AND BOASTS / WOE TO THE LAMB THAT
    DISPUTES THE WOLF / THE CITY MOUSE AND THE COUNTRY MOUSE./

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