Part of the 1935 Heckscher Playground reconstruction project was the
creation and placement of a statue
commemorating Sophie Irene Loeb (1876-1926), social worker, journalist,
and founder of the Child Welfare Board of New York City, who advocated for
the playground, and portrays Alice in Wonderland
characters. The sculptor was Frederick George Richard
(1872-1944), who worked for the WPA as head sculptor at the Parks
Department, and who also created several other sculptures in Central Park
including the Dancing Goat, the Dancing Bear, and Mother Goose, plus the
animal friezes at the Central Park Zoo. He also created Balto,
shown at left, but that was in 1925, before the New Deal. The Loeb Memorial
fountain has since been moved to Levin Playground in Central Park, near 77th
Street and Fifth Avenue.
- Central Park,
Memorial Fountain: History, at the NYC Parks Department website.
- Federal Writers' Project, The
WPA Guide to New York City, Random House (1939), p.351.