Osborn Gates

The Osborn Gates feature scampering squirrels, charming foxes, and other animals from Aesop's Fables.

One of the most important pieces of art in Central Park, the gates welcome visitors to Ancient Playground and were created by renowned sculptor Paul Manship, most famous for the Prometheus statue at the Rockefeller Center Skating Rink.

In 1953, Manship won an award for the Osborn Gates, which were lauded as that year’s best work of art in New York City. They originally stood at what was then the Osborn Memorial Playground, named in honor of William Church Osborn, former president of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. There they remained until the early 1970s, when the museum expanded the Egyptian wing’s Temple of Dendur and the playground was forced to close.