William Church Osborn Gates

William Church Osborn Gates, Paul Manship, New York City, Public Art

Public Art: William Church Osborn Gates

Sculptor: © Paul Manship

Architect: Aymar Embury II

Description: A series of  bronze  gates dedicated to former president of the Metroplitan Museum of Art, William Church Osborn (1861-1951) . The gates features five vignettes from Aesop's Fables, including the Fox and the Crow and The Hare and The Tortoise .

Funded By: William Church Osborn Memorial Committee

Date Unveiled: 1953

Inscriptions:

IN MEMORY OF WILLIAM CHURCH OSBORN 1861-1951 . HE
SERVED HIS CITY AND STATE FAITHFULLY AND WELL.

PRESIDENT- THE CHILDREN'S AID SOCIETY 1901-1949,
NEW YORK SOCIETY FOR THE RELIEF OF THE RUPTURED AND CRIPPLED
1910-1925, 1928-1937 METROPOLITAN MUSEUM OF ART 1941-1947

THE FOX AND THE CROW , THE CROW LISTENED TO THE
FOXES FLATTERY DROPPED THE CHEESE

THE HARE AND THE TORTOISE, SLOW AND STEADY WINS THE RACE

THE CRANE ALOFT SURVEYS THE WORLD. THE
EARTHBOUND PEACOCK STRUTS AND BOASTS WOE TO THE LAMB THAT
DISPUTES THE WOLF THE CITY MOUSE AND THE COUNTRY MOUSE.

Location: The ornate gates can be found at the entrance of Ancient Playground  at Fifth Avenue and 84th Street, New york City, New York, USA. 

History of the William Church Osborn Gates: The gates originally stood at what was known as the Osborn Memorial Playground ( now the Temple of Dendur section of the Metropolitan Museum of Art ). The playground and gates were named in honor of William Church Osborn, a former president of the Metropolitan Museum of Art.  In the early 1970s, after the playground closed due to the museum's expansion, the gates were placed at the entrance to the Ancient Playground across the road . Sadly, after a few years and numerous vandal attempts the gates were removed and held in storage for 30 odd years, when in 2009 they were refurbished and put back in their rightful place.

 
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