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The Mowgli Bas Reliefs (1935) - PP-1M - The Jungle Books Cast Takes a  Curtain Call by Joseph Walter (1896-1987) - Prospect Park Zoo, Brooklyn, New York, Sep 2012 | by ketrin1407
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The Mowgli Bas Reliefs (1935) - PP-1M - The Jungle Books Cast Takes a Curtain Call by Joseph Walter (1896-1987) - Prospect Park Zoo, Brooklyn, New York, Sep 2012

This may depict the scene from "The Spring Running" in which Mowgli says a last goodbye to his animal friends before returning to human society at the age of 17. Strictly speaking Mowgli should be naked because he's living in the jungle where there are no laundromats, but I guess the frontal view precludes that.

 

This sculpture is at the back of one of the zoo buildings and partly obscured by the prairie dog habitat. Short of knocking it down (which I wouldn't really want to do because they're so cute) there's no way to get a head-on view, so what you're seeing is a geometrically-adjusted angle view (hence the black areas at the corners), and the extreme left and right ends are still obscured.

 

I've now found a photo of the plaster version (unfortunately with a big crack down the middle), attributed to Frederick G. R. Roth. It's the only full photo of this sculpture I could find, and it shows how much foreshortening there still is in my "corrected" version. www.flickr.com/photos/nycdesign/19957195879/

 

Oh, by the way, in case you're wondering what happened to PP-1L... well, it does exist. It depicts the monkeys attacking Baloo and Bagheera, in a scene that goes between PP-1D and PP-1I. There's a photo of it in the book "Brooklyn Public Monuments" by Elmer Sprague but unfortunately it's not a good reproduction. I couldn't get a new photo of it because it was at the back of another zoo building and completely obscured by a large canvas marquee. Sorry about that.

 

So.. that was my trip to the zoo. Hope you enjoyed it.

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Taken on September 24, 2012