Lombard Lamp

The Lombard Lamp is a replica of the ornate cast-iron and aluminum streetlights lining the famous Lombard Bridge in Hamburg, Germany.

Here at the southeast corner of Central Park, it stands at the top of a winding staircase leading up from the Pond to Grand Army Plaza.

Designed by Hamburg sculptor Carl Borner, the Lombard Lamp has an elaborately decorated base adorned with cherubs and garlands. The frame, though hollow, weighs 1,320 pounds and supports five luminous globes at its top.

The lamp was presented to the Park in 1979 as a symbol of friendship and goodwill between New York City and Hamburg. Another replica was also gifted to Chicago, which can still be found lighting up its Lincoln Square neighborhood.