at the entrance to Rumsey
Playground in Central Park, July 2015. The 1938 Parks Department press
The Department of Parks announces that an interesting
statue depicting famed characters of the Mother Goose series of fairy tales,
has been erected in the circle at the entrance to the Mary Harriman Rumsey
children's playground in Central Park, Manhattan, formerly the site of the
The statue consists of a large figure of the witch who is
astride the goose's back; then on the east and west sides in bas-relief there
are figures of Humpty Dumpty, Old King Cole, Little Jack Homer, Mother
Hubbard, and Mary and Her Little Lamb.
This amusing piece of statuary was carved out of a
thirteen ton piece of Westerly Granite by
W. P. A. craftsmen, working under the jurisdiction of the
Park Department. It was conceived and designed by Frederick G. Roth, who
also designed and executed the carved group of "Alice in Wonderland"
characters in the Sophie Irene Loeb Memorial erected in the Heckscher
Playground in 1936.