The bear and faun in Morningside Park

At the base of one of Morningside Park’s many long, winding stairways sits this bronze statue. Dedicated in 1914, it’s officially known as the Alfred Lincoln Seligman Fountain, named after a New Yorker who died in a car accident in 1912.

I’m not sure if this tender image of a bear and a faun is supposed to depict a mythological scene or if it’s something sculptor Edgar Walter came up with on his own. Either way, it’s sweet and magical. You can see it by entering the park at 114th Street.

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7 Responses to “The bear and faun in Morningside Park”

  1. Halloween Walk in Morningside Heights « Out walking the dog Says:

    […] always imagined the bear was stalking the faun, but Ephemeral New York, a blog I love, calls the statue “tender … sweet and magical.”  I’ll be […]

  2. Out Walking the Dog Says:

    Hello Ephemeral, I’m a fan of your blog and have just mentioned you – and linked to this post – in a new post on Out Walking the Dog: Halloween Walk in Morningside Heights. I had always found the statue a bit strange and even menacing, so was struck by your description of it as “tender, magical, sweet). I’ll be heading back for another look soon.

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  3. wildnewyork Says:

    Thanks OWTD, interesting that we have such different takes on the statue! My impression is that the bear is protecting the faun, standing guard. But of course I can see how the bear looks like he’s also considering eating the faun for dinner.

  4. The reason Morningside Park became a park | Ephemeral New York Says:

    […] in the 1880s, Morningside still has a Victorian-era feel. Too bad St. Luke’s Hospital building no longer rises high over the park as it does in […]

  5. The Ninth Avenue El curving by Morningside Park | Ephemeral New York Says:

    […] the park of 2017, which is one of the city’s least appreciated but most beautiful. (The bear and fawn statue, the rock formations, the […]

  6. Rodolphe Says:

    When you guard someone, you do not look at whom you are protecting, but you face outward, toward the potential danger: the bear is clearly interested in having the boy for a meal.

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