First, an apology to my fellow contributors at ABFriday Forum for publishing a dead link to the Week 23 Forum a few days ago. It couldn’t have happened at a worst time because this week featured the long-anticipated annoucement of the “Reader’s Poll” whereby all readers can vote for the image they would most like to see undergo post-processing by 11 different photographers. Worse yet, I was traveling without a computer and could not repair the damage until now. Here is the actual and, hopefully, correct link: ABFriday Week 23. The poll will remain open until midnight Wednesday November 4th.
And now back to the normal program:
Bethesda Fountain, Central Park, New York City
The Bethesda Fountain is topped by the Angel of the Waters statue, the only statue that was commissioned for Central Park. According to the park’s website, the fountain commemorates the Croton water system, which first brought fresh water to New York City in 1842. The angel carries a lily in her left hand — a symbol of the water’s purity, very important to a city that had previously suffered from a devastating cholera epidemic before the system was established. It was created by Emma Stebbins, the first time a woman received a public art commission in New York City.