Is there a Panther and Indian Hunter in Central Park?

After so much heat and humidity, it was a good day to re-visit Central Park. I am always up for a challenge and a good reason to take a walk, I set out to find two American West sculptures.

I decided to start with The Indian Hunter, which is at mid-park at east 66th Street. It is on a pathway west of the Mall and to the east of Sheep Meadow.

The Indian Hunter

The artist (John Quincy Ward) successfully captured a wide range of textural variety—from the roughness of the dog’s fur and the animal pelt wrapped around the hunter’s waist to the smooth polish of the figure’s skin and the softness of his hair. Certainly, depicts a western subject.

Statues of  Baldo and the newest Women’s Rights Pioneers Monument are very close. While they are not American West, they should not be missed.

Women’s Rights Pioneers Monument. celebrates the 100th anniversary of women winning the right to vote. It is  the very first statue in Central Park dedicated to real women — suffragists and women’s rights activists Sojourner Truth, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, and Susan B. Anthony.
Balto was dedicated to the sled dogs that led several dogsled teams through a snow-storm in the winter of 1925 in order to deliver medicine that would stop a diphtheria epidemic in Nome, Alaska

Heading  north to the Bethesda Terrace and the Loeb Boathouse, Good place for a bathroom break and maybe a snack, we find an unrelated but often overlooked little sculpture – The Rowers

It commemorates philanthropists Carl and Adeline Loeb, who donated the Loeb Boathouse.

This block-like piece, which features a cross-section of deep water looming underneath two seemingly unsuspecting boaters.

A short walk along East Drive (the eastern leg of the “loop”) to find, perched atop a rocky outcrop on the west side of East Drive at 76th Street is Edward Kemeys’ Still Hunt. This may be the only sculpture that is not on a pedestal.

Still Hunt – Panther

This life size statue depicts a crouching panther, ready to pounce on an unsuspecting passerby

Park Rangers have said, “there are probably generations of New York City children who have grown up thinking that there are wildcats in the park.”

Hopefully, along the way you took time to explore and enjoy the park. You are now at east 76th Street. It is a short walk south east to the Alice Wonderland sculpture and the Conservatory Pond ( sometimes you can rent a miniature sailboat – lots of fun!.

Going North you have the Metropolitan Museum and the Reservoir (great view of west side for photos)

Note: the start of this route is near the Zoo. And the end is near Bethesda Terrace. Close is the Metropolitan Museum.  I figure that the walk is about ½ mile one-way mostly on flat surface. Exception: some stairs at the Bethesda terrace . (There are bathrooms here as you go down the mail stairs)

Author: thom bradley

I am an educator who has worked in Woodstock NY, Rhinebeck NY, Salisbury CT and who has lived in Rhinebeck, Wilmington NC and New York City. I have been interested in photography since the '60s. I enjoy walking as a hobby and have taken quite a few pictures during these strolls. I share some of these adventures on thombradley.org or www.thombradley.wordpress.com. I

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