Location: 59th Street and Fifth Avenue
Artist/Designer: Carl Borner (original)
Materials: Cast iron, aluminum, frosted glass
Funding: Gift from the citizens of Hamburg, Germany
This finely crafted, ornate, cast-iron lamp was a gift of goodwill and friendship from Hamburg to New York City. It is a replica of the lighting on the Lombard Bridge over the river Elbe in Hamburg.
The name Lombard comes from a small Germanic tribe that was known as the Winnili in the seventh century. When Vandals gave them a choice to pay tribute or fight, the Winnili chose to fight. The women tied their hair in front and marched into battle with their husbands to create a greater force. The leader of the Vandals asked, “Who are these long-beards?” Thus, they became known as Lombardi in Italian, which translates to long beard in English.
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