Photo: Municipal Art Society of New York
The statue Minerva and the Bellringers
, 1892, by French sculptor Jean
Antonin Carles at Herald Square in Manhattan, in a 40-foot monument designed
by Aymar Embury II in 1940.
of the Month: The Bellringers, MASNYC, The Municipal Art Society of New
York, News 15 August 2017.
and Guff' Returning after 19 Years, New York Times, 3 July 1940,
p.19. "The proposed new forty-foot granite monument of modified Italian
Renaissance design, with its double-faced clock and the two bronze owls,
will serve as a background and base for the bronze group. The monument was
designed by Aymar Embury 2d, consulting architect of the Park
Department." This was indeed a Parks Department project, and also in this
article, when Robert Moses thanks the "business men in the Herald Square
District who have made the installations possible" by raising money he
neglects that thank the federal goverment New Deal agencies that are paying
- Alison Fortier, A History Lover's Guide to New York City, Arcadia
Publishing (2016), p.170: "In 1894, the New York Herald's offices and
publishing plant moved from Printers Row to what would become known as
Herald Square. The new Herald Building, designed by McKim, Mead &
White, was a magnificent version of an Italian palace. The Herald Building,
like the newspaper, is long gone. The imposing Bennett clock, named for the
New York Herald publisher James Bennett Jr., once stood on top of the
building. Since 1940, the clock has been incorporated into a forty-foot
tall monument to the Bennetts and the New York Herald, designed by
Aymar Embury II. The monument features a ten-foot-tall figure
of Minerva, the Roman goddess of wisdom, and two seven-foot-tall blacksmiths
who strike a large bell on the hour."
- Photo found on Pinterest.
- Photo by Nick Carr, scoutingny.com
- NYC Parks Department press
release, 19 November 1940.