The Falconer (sculpture)
|Artist||George Blackall Simonds|
|Year||1871 (installed 1875)|
|Location||Central Park, New York|
The Falconer is a bronze sculpture in Central Park, New York City by English sculptor George Blackall Simonds. It depicts a man in a theatrical version of Elizabethan dress standing on a high granite pedestal, releasing a hunting falcon.
The Falconer, cast in 1871 in Florence, was erected in 1875 on a prominent rock overlooking the confluence of two carriage drives near the West 72nd Street drive entrance. The growth of surrounding trees has partly obscured the site. The sculpture has a history of being vandalized. The original falcon was stolen, and in the 1960s the New York City Parks Department commissioned their employee and sculptor, Joel Rudnick, to mold a new falcon which now sits on The Falconer's arm. This new falcon is substantially different from the original falcon.
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