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If Sculptures Could Talk . . .

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Hans Christian Andersen


By Georg Lober, 1892-1961
Central Park, Conservatory Lake, New York City

Hans Christian Andersen is the author of many folktales. He wrote "The Ugly Duckling," "The Emperor's New Clothes," "The Princess and the Pea" and "The Little Mermaid." Hans Christian Andersen was born in 1805 in Odense, Denmark, and died in 1875 in Copenhagen, Denmark. His stories have been the favorite of many children and have been translated into more than 100 languages. In this sculpture by Georg Lober, Hans Christian Andersen is shown as a kind, friendly man holding a large, open book. The artist made the sculpture large enough so that children could climb up and sit in Hans Christian Andersen's lap to look into the book. Sculptures in playgrounds are usually okay for climbing. Climbing on others is not a good idea.

Georg Lober was born in St. Louis, Missouri. His parents were born in Denmark, like Hans Christian Andersen. Lober did many public sculptures in a realistic style with careful attention to detail. Most of his sculptures are made of bronze or marble. He was also an advocate for artists and their well-being. For almost twenty years, he was the leader of the New York City Art Commission.

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