In 1981, Mayor Ed Koch dedicated the plaza to Freedman who died earlier that year at the age of 53. As the first director of the Public Art Fund, Freedman sought to make art accessible beyond museums and galleries and to create more opportunities for New Yorkers to experience art in their everyday environment. Located at a major entrance to the Park and in a busy part of Midtown, the Plaza is a prominent location for encounters with new art. Its proximity to Grand Army Plaza, home to the monument to William Tecumseh Sherman and the Pulitzer Fountain, both installed in the early 20th century, creates a playful juxtaposition of past and present ideas of public art.
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Since its creation, women have helped make Central Park a unique and thriving public space.
Tags: History / Self-Guided Tours / Art & Architecture