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Thursday, May 10, 2012

a statue of Dvořák created by Meštrović

Statue of Antonín Dvořák, in Stuveysant Square, Manhattan
created by Ivan Meštrović
image by Beyond My Ken
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It is believed to be the last work of Meštrović. In 1963, this bronze portrait bust was given by the Czechoslovak National Council of America to the NY Philharmonic, but never put on public display. Consigned to a rooftop terrace of Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, the sculpture was mounted to an inadequate concrete base for three decades, and suffered extensive environmental corrosion. It was decided in 1991 to relocate the monument in the Stuyvesant Park, near the site of the house where the composer had lived during his NY years. The house was demolished and the relocation of the monument was meant as a reparation gesture toward the memory of Dvořák. The statue was repatined, and a new pedestal of green granite was designed by Czech-American architect Jan Hird Pokorny. On September 13, 1997, the effigy of Dvořák was unveiled near the site of many of his greatest accomplishments.

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