Ludwig van Beethoven
Donated by the German-American Choir Society, the bronze bust of the German composer joined the growing collection of statuary on the Mall in 1884.
Fittingly, the statue of Beethoven, one of the most famous composers in history, was supported by the German-American Choir Society that often performed on the concert ground. The sculpture of the composer, which also includes the personification of the Genius of Music, stands now on the site of the original cast-iron bandstand that was demolished in the 1920s. The sculpture originally stood on the site of the present Bandshell, which was erected in 1923. A nearly identical bust stands in Prospect Park in Brooklyn.
In 1992, the Conservancy's conservation team repatinated Beethhoven, sealing it with protective coating to safeguard it from the elements.