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Duke Ellington Memorial map_it

  • Location: Duke Ellington Circle, 110th Street and 5th Avenue
  • Sculptor: Robert Graham
  • Description: Standing figure (heroic scale) before a grand piano on a circular platform supported by three groups of three caryatids on three triform columns, integral plinth, two plaques on pedestal
  • Materials: Bronze, red granite, aggregate
  • Dimensions: Ellington figure H: 8'; each caryatid H: 4'; each triform column H: 10'; sculpture total H: 25'; upper plaque H: 5" W: 10"; lower plaque H: 2¼" W: 7½"
  • Cast: ca. 1997
  • Dedicated: July 1, 1997
  • Foundry: Artworks Foundry; contact: Piero L. Mussi
  • Fabricator: Gilad Ben-Artzi
  • Donor: Duke Ellington Memorial Fund

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

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Know Before You Go

There are currently 3 service interruptions affecting access within this park.

ParkCentral Park

Beginning June 27, 2018, Central Park will become entirely car-free. The Central Park transverse roads at 97th, 86th, 79th and 65th Streets will remain open to motor vehicles.

Nature CentersBelvedere Castle Visitor Center

Beginning Monday, February 26, Belvedere Castle will be closed for restoration. The castle will reopen to the public in 2019. To reach our Urban Park Rangers at Central Park, please call (212) 360-1444.

ParkCentral Park

Beginning Monday, February 26, Belvedere Castle will be closed for restoration. The surrounding plaza and terrace remain open, but will also close in the coming weeks. The Belvedere will reopen to the public in 2019. For more information on the restoration of Belvedere Castle, please visit Central Park Conservancy's website.

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