Of the 51 works of sculpture sprinkled around Central Park, three are gilded--among them, this portrait bust of John Purroy Mitchel.
Puck, the knavish sprite from A Midsummer's Night Dream, poses with a prodigious pen over the doorway to what was once, at 295 Lafayette Street, headquarters of Puck, the nation's first humor magazine.
In defiance of Zeus, Prometheus gifted mortals on Earth (represented by the mountain-like base) with fire from the heavens (symbolized by the ring of zodiac signs). For this no-no, Zeus punished the Titan by having him bound to a rock where a fearsome eagle feasted upon his liver only for it to regenerate and be re-devoured the next day ad infinitum--an aspect of the myth omitted from this 1934 Paul Manship sculpture, the focal point of Rockefeller Center.
On the porch railing of the Players Club, 16 Gramercy Park South, are figures representing comedy and tragedy.
The bust above the Art Deco entrance of the Brill Building at 1619 Broadway is of Alan E. Lefcourt, the building-developer's son, who died in 1930, age 17. Composed in this homestead of music industry offices and studios were standards like "The Look of Love" by Burt Bacharach and Hal David, "The Loco-Motion" by Gerry Goffin and Carole King and "Calendar Girl" by Neil Sekada and Howard Greenfield.