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Roving Rube

August 24, 2003

Birdbath, Burnett Memorial Fountain, Central Park

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This part of the Conservatory Garden is sometimes known as "The Secret Garden", as this fountain (in context) depicts the story's two main characters. Seems like the perfect place for us to sit down and finally read this book.

By each of the fountains in the Conservatory Garden, a sign warns not to throw coins in as it "encourages vandalism". We thought this unlikely, until we read the following:

In the late 1970s, the sculpture was in need of extensive restoration. The boy's arm and flute, the girl's left arm, the bowl and the bird were missing. A majority of the restoration work was completed in 1980. In 1994 the Central Park Conservancy recast the two birds, repaired the sculpture, and repaired the plumbing for the birdbath.

It's a hard life for the fountains in Central Park.

See also: Central Park Virtual Park

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