New York City, Central Park, October 2011
My favorite angel in Central Park, Bethesda.
I hope I can see her in a snowy winter day like this. Some day.
Angel of the Waters - Bethesda Fountain. Winter. Central Park, New York City.
The silence that engulfs the world after a snowfall is deafening. All heartbeats, all footsteps, all meandering thoughts and evocations are wrapped in a heavy blanket of snow. Trees cease reaching for the sky, weighed down by the weight of the sky’s tears of joy and there is scarcely a breath to be heard.
Winter muffles the earth silencing it’s yearnings and all at once there is peace.
I have postulated before that this may be one of the most serene areas of Central Park during and after a heavy snow. The definitive crown jewel of Central Park, the neoclassical Angel of the Waters is one of the most famous and universally loved fountains in the world. Also known as Bethesda Fountain, the winged female figure celebrates the purifying of the city’s water supply when the Croton Aqueduct opened in 1842 bringing fresh water to all New Yorkers. She holds a lily, the symbol of purity in one hand while her other hand extends outward as she blesses the water below. Beneath the eight-foot gilded bronze angel are four smaller figures that symbolize Temperance, Purity, Health, and Peace.