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Fountain of Life

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The dramatic Fountain of Life dominates its formal setting in front of the Library Building and anchors the top end of one of the Botanical Garden's signature plantings, Tulip Tree Allée. The heroic composition epitomizes the Beaux Arts aesthetic at the end of the 19th century in New York. The Fountain of Life was originally constructed in 1905 according to the design of Charles E. Tefft (1874-1951). The sculpture presents imaginative bronze allegorical figures on a white marble foundation, centered within a white marble basin. The three sculptural groups of otherworldly horses and youthful riders, combined with flowing water, animate the artist's fantastical portrayal of the struggle for existence. The sculpture is an ideal complement to the Library Building, which was designed by architect Robert Gibson in the Beaux Arts style.

The Fountain of Life was restored in 2005 and enhanced with modern plumbing and electrical systems.

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