Above the tiered granite basins, a bronze sculpture carrying a basket of fruit represents Pomona, the Roman goddess of abundance. With plenty of surrounding seating, the fountain is a popular spot for tourists and New Yorkers alike.
Karl Bitter, an Austrian sculptor, originally proposed a symmetrical plaza for the area designed to look like the Place de la Concorde in Paris. Twelve years later, a $50,000 gift from Joseph Pulitzer finally made his vision possible. Bitter and architect Thomas Hastings were chosen to create the fountain through a closed design competition.
To make the plaza symmetrical, the William Tecumseh Sherman monument was moved 16 feet west to its present location, and Bitter designed the statue of the goddess to mirror the Sherman monument.