Bethesda Fountain

It's one of my favorite spots at Central Park, and it was empty for a rare moment. The statue was done by Emma Stebbins, the first woman to receive a public commission for a major work of art in New York City. Called the Angel of the Water, the bronze sculpture refers to a passage in the Gospel of John where an angel blessed the Pool of Bethesda and gave it healing powers. The statue therefore commemorates the opening of the Croton Aqueduct in 1842, which provided New York City with a reliably pure supply of water for the first time, thus eradicating the threat of cholera.

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