Monday, February 13, 2012

Pulitzer Prize, Bitter End

Joseph Pulitzer gave $50,000 for a fountain located in Grand Army Plaza next to the Plaza Hotel. The image of a winged ram (bearer of the Golden Fleece) squishing the hell out of a poor turtle is only a sideshow of the magnificent fountain starring Pomona, goddess of fruits and fertility.

The architect was the redoubtable Thomas Hastings. The unfortunate sculptor was Karl Bitter, whom after finishing the clay model, was run over by a car.

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