CitySketch – Delacorte Clock

“The fountain is my speech. The tulips are my speech. The grass and trees are my speech.” George Delacorte

George Delacorte was born and raised in NYC where he also graduated from Columbia University and founded Dell Publishing. He became a philanthropist with a taste for whimsy, donating money to build fountains at Columbus Circle and Bowling Green, an illuminated geyser on Roosevelt Island, and the statue of Alice in Wonderland in Central Park.

Of the statue, he said, “It just seemed a nice thing to have in the park. On Sunday mornings I watch the kids climbing over it, under it. It’s a regular parade.”
Mayor Ed Kock said, “George T. Delacorte is to the city of  New York what Lorenzo deMedici was to the city of Florence.”

The Delacorte Clock was dedicated at the north end of the Central Park Zoo in 1965. Fernando Texidor provided the  design and Andrea Spadini created the bronze sculptures. There are six animals who dance around the clock, playing musical instruments: A bear playing tambourine is joined by an elephant on accordion, a hippo on violin, a kangaroo and her baby each playing a horn, a penguin beating a snare drum and a goat playing the pipes. Every hour on the hour a pair of hammer-wielding monkeys ring a bell and the menagerie dances around the clock.

Published by mikepowernyc

New album "Observations" available now. A veteran of NYC’s underground music scene, Mike Power played on the stages of such beloved lost venues as CBGB’s and Kenny’s Castaways, as well as stalwart surviving ones like Arlene’s Grocery and the Bitter End as singer/songwriter/bassist with Late Model Humans. In 2020, quarantining from the global pandemic he worked remotely with other artists to record a collection of new music called Observations, that infuses his punk roots with introspective acoustic pieces.

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