Schiller was a German dramatist, historian, poet, and philosopher. While the monument was originally placed in the Ramble as a nod to the deep love of nature found in Schiller’s poetry, it was later moved to its present location at the Mall, across from the Bandshell. A bench marks the sculpture’s previous location.
The bust was sculpted by C.L. Richter and was dedicated in November 1859, during a three-day festival commemorating the centennial of Schiller’s birth.