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The Rowers

History

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

This bronze group sculpture depicting two figures in a rowboat commemorates philanthropists Carl and Adeline Loeb, who donated the Loeb Boathouse. Artist Irwin Glusker sculpted the block-like piece, which features a cross-section of deep water looming underneath two seemingly unsuspecting boaters. The piece was dedicated in 1968 and sits on the terrace in front of the boathouse

In 1953, the Loebs donated the neo-classical brick boathouse at Central Park’s Conservatory Water near 74th Street, which replaced an 1873 building by Central Park co-designer Calvert Vaux (1824–1895). When the boathouse was renovated in 1968, the sculpture was installed to honor the Loebs. The sculpture was originally installed on a concrete base before it was replaced in 1980 with a more durable granite pedestal.

The Rowers Details

  • Location: Terrace in front of Loeb Boathouse; East Drive at 75th St.
  • Sculptor: Irwin Glusker
  • Description: Group of two figures on integral plinth on pedestal, with plaque
  • Materials: Group and plinth--bronze; original pedestal--concrete; replacement pedestal--black granite (polished)
  • Dimensions: Group H: 9½" W: 1'3½" D: 9½"; Plinth H: 3' W: 2' D: 2'; Pedestal H: 9" W:2' D: 2'
  • Cast: 1968
  • Dedicated: Spring 1968
  • Foundry: Roman Bronze Works, Inc.
  • Donor: DPR

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Know Before You Go

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

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Raccoons in Central Park have tested positive for canine distemper virus. Although the virus cannot be transmitted to humans, it may be transmitted to dogs. Keep your pets safe in the park.

Please avoid wildlife and make sure your pets have up-to-date distemper and rabies vaccines. Keep your pet on a leash, especially during dawn and dusk.

Please call 311 or notify an on-site Parks employee if you see a sick or injured animal.

If you are bitten, wash the wound with soap and water immediately. Call your doctor to see if you need tetanus or rabies shots, and call 311 to report the bite.

The Health Department will continue to monitor this condition.


Anticipated Completion: Summer 2018

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.

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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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