Since 1956, children have climbed all over the bronze portrayal of the beloved storybook author. Now the site of a summer storytelling program, the sculpture shows Andersen reading from The Ugly Duckling, with its title character—later revealed to be a swan—perched at his feet.
The statue was gifted in 1956 by the Danish-American Women’s Association to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Andersen’s birth. In the palm of Hans’s left hand, sculptor Georg Lober inscribed a quiet tribute: “In appreciation of the help and encouragement my wife Nellie has always given me affectionately, Georg, 1956.”
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Seventy works of art—including many statues and monuments—live in Central Park. Learn more about the people and ideas that inspired them, and the stories they tell about New York City past and present.
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Literary figures, ancient artifacts, and historic arches await.