Lehman Gates

The Lehman Gates were designed by Paul Manship, one of the most well-represented artists in Central Park.

Providing a whimsical welcome to the Tisch Children's Zoo, the Lehman Gates feature bronze animals, birds, and boys with panpipes playing gleefully at the top of an ornamental Art Deco crest.

Manship is well-known for the Prometheus statue at Rockefeller Center. His other works include the Group of Bears sculpture at Ruth and Arthur Smadbeck-Heckscher East Playground and the Osborn Gates at Ancient Playground.

The Lehman Gates were donated in 1961 by Governor and Mrs. Herbert H. Lehman, in honor of their 50th wedding anniversary and the opening of the Children’s Zoo.