William Tecumseh Sherman
The sculpture of General William Tecumseh Sherman is one of the finest sculptures by the talented American sculptor and New York City resident Augustus St.Gaudens. In 1892 St. Gaudens modeled a bust of the general who lived in New York after the Civil War. He then created the equestrian sculpture in Paris, France, completing it in 1903. After much discussion, the sculpture was placed at the main entrance to the Park, befitting such an important historical figure and monumental work of art. When the Pulitzer Fountain was designed in 1913 for the southern half of Grand Army Plaza, the Sherman Monument and surrounding landscape were moved so that the two halves of the plaza could be symmetrical.
Central Park Conservancy is rehabilitating the plaza by rebuilding infrastructure; installing new pavements, benches, and lighting; replacing the trees lost in the 2011 snowstorm; and re-gilding the statue of General Sherman. The work is expected to be completed in early 2015.
Grand Army Plaza; Fifth Avenue between 59th and 60th Streets.
Sculptor: Augustus St. Gaudens (1848-1907)
Placed in the Park: 1903
Material: Gilded bronze, granite pedestal
Donor: Citizens of New York under the auspices of the Chamber of Commerce of New York State