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Bethesda Fountain—-The Angel Of The Waters

The fountain, designed by Emma Stebbins, was unveiled in 1873 and is the only sculpture commissioned as part of the original design of Central Park. Ms. Stebbins was the first woman to receive a commission for a major work of art in New York City. The winged female figure symbolizes the purity of the city’s water supply when the Croton Aqueduct opened in 1842 bringing fresh water to all New Yorkers. In her hand she holds a lily, the symbol of purity, and extends her other hand outward to bless the water below.

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