Overlooking the Conservatory Water with its sailboats and wide-eyed kids is the bronze statue of Hans Christian Andersen, a Danish writer of 168 fairy tales. Anderson is sculpted sitting on a bench with an open book whose pages are turned to the best-known story, “The Ugly Duckling.” Not far from his leg a curious duck looks up to Andersen in anticipation of the story’s happy ending. It is easy for children to climb onto Anderson's lap, which many of them do. The statue, sculpted by Chicago-born Georg Lober and given to the park by the Danish-American Women's Association, was installed in 1956. On summer weekends, storytellers stand before the statue and hold their mixed-generation audiences spellbound with lively renditions of Anderson's stories and folktales.
Central Park was designated a scenic landmark by the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission in 1974.
National Historic Register #66000538