Thursday, July 27, 2006

WHERE WAS I? Leave your guesses in the comments section.
























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Photos: David Marc Fischer

16 comments:

Dolph said...

A fountain at the New York Mercantile Exchange at the World Financial Center. (Formerly the Butter and Cheese Exchange)

David Marc Fischer said...

No...but you seem so confident! Do you have a link to what you have in mind?

Debbie said...

This looks very familiar. Is this in midtown?

David Marc Fischer said...

Arguably.

caprice said...

I know it's probably not, but it reminds me of a fountain I saw in Cordoba, Spain when I was there a few months ago.

Dolph said...

No appropriate link ... I was just going with the cow-bull image and the idea of an old fountain on a fairly new building. That is water coming out of the bull's mouth isn't it?

David Marc Fischer said...

Caprice: Don't you mean Cow-doba?

Dolph: Your guess is actually pretty good in some respects. I also think it's water, but this is NYC, so who knows?

David said...

The library at 6th ave and 11th street?

David Marc Fischer said...

David: Nah--wrong arguable part of midtown....

Dolph said...

Is it on the Upper West Side of Midtown?

David Marc Fischer said...

No, it's not on the UWS either....

Debbie said...

The Evangeline Blashfield Fountain under the Queensboro Bridge...totally thanks to Google.

gary said...

Great job Debbie! I work near by and can't believe I have never noticed it. Cheers.

David Marc Fischer said...

Yes, huzzah to Debbie for identifying the Evangeline Blashfield Memorial Fountain, located in a garden plaza east of Conran's by the Queensboro Bridge!

Commissioned by Municipal Arts Society co-founder Evangeline Blashfield, designed by her noted husband Edwin H. Blashfield, and presented by the Society to the city for the Queensboro Bridge Market in 1919, the fountain consists mainly of a mosaic representing Abundance rising above the figure of a bull's head spewing water. Rescued from storage after a long period of neglect, the fountain was rededicated in 2003.

The model for the woman in the mosaic is said to have been Evangeline. In the words of the Municipal Arts Society, "she campaigned for changes in the urban environment to enhance the beauty of public spaces and to create civic amenities that ennoble our public realm." She was also active as a writer and editor, sometimes collaborating with her husband Edwin.

The contrast between the garden by the fountain and the underbridge squalor to the east makes a very strong case that much of Evangeline Blashfield's work still needs to be done. The Municipal Arts Society bestows an annual award to like-minded souls; the 2006 recipient is Sustainable South Bronx founder and MacArthur Grant winner Majora Carter, scheduled to receive the award on Tuesday, August 1. The ceremony is to take place by the fountain.

gary said...

Walked by this today on my way into work. So glad you came here as I have missed seeing it because of my usual walking route. Unfortunately, the fountain wasn't running, but that made it easier to fish out the pennies!

David Marc Fischer said...

And that's why you remind me of Penny Fischer, my imaginary cousin.