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Yesterday I added a photo showing the Buckingham Fountain in Chicago, today another fountain now at New York.

Bethesda Terrace and Fountain are two architectural features overlooking The Lake in New York City's Central Park. The fountain, with its Angel of the Waters statue, is located in the center of the terrace.

Bethesda Fountain is the central feature on the lower level of the terrace, constructed between 1859 and 1864, which is enclosed within two elliptical balustrades.

The pool is centered by a fountain sculpture designed by Emma Stebbins in 1868 and unveiled in 1873. he bronze, eight-foot statue depicts a female winged angel touching down upon the top of the fountain, where water spouts and cascades into an upper basin and into the surrounding pool. It was the only statue in the park called for in the original design. Beneath her are four four-foot cherubs representing Temperance, Purity, Health, and Peace. Also called the Angel of the Waters, the statue refers to Healing the paralytic at Bethesda, a story from the Gospel of John about an angel blessing the Pool of Bethesda, giving it healing powers.

In the workshop a closer view of it.

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