Untermyer Fountain

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Untermyer Fountain
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The fountain and sculpture in 2008
Artist Walter Schott
Type Fountain, sculpture
Material Bronze, limestone
Location New York City, New York, U.S.
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The Untermyer Fountain is an outdoor fountain and bronze cast of Walter Schott's Three Dancing Maidens sculpture, located in Central Park's Conservatory Garden in Manhattan, New York, in the United States.

Description and history

Untermyer Fountain, located in the Conservatory Garden of Central Park, features a bronze cast of Walter Schott's Three Dancing Maidens, completed in Germany prior to 1910. Named after American lawyer and civic leader Samuel Untermyer, the fountain was donated to the park by his children, following his death in 1940.[1]

Originally, the sculpture was located at his estate in Yonkers, New York, though how he acquired the cast from the Berlin original or had it created is unknown. The fountain was installed in Central Park in 1947 and may be accessed from the North Garden entrance at 106th Street and Fifth Avenue or the main entrance at 105th Street and Fifth Avenue.[1]

Three Dancing Maidens depicts three young women, holding hands in a circle, "whose dresses cling to their wet bodies as if they were perpetually in the fountain's spray".[1] The fountain includes three jets: two on the oval pool's sides and a larger one in the center of the sculpture. The sculpture sits on a limestone base.[1]


The fountain has been included in guidebooks and walking tours of Central Park.[2]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 "Untermyer Fountain". Central Park Conservancy. Retrieved June 4, 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. Carroll, Raymond (May 1, 2008). The Complete Illustrated Map and Guidebook to Central Park. Sterling Publishing Company, Inc. p. 99. ISBN 978-1-4027-5833-1. Retrieved June 4, 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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