Location: 71st Street, east side

Artist/Designer: Frederick George Richard Roth and assistants sculpted Mother Goose; Victor Frisch created Snow Babies

Materials: Mother Goose: granite; Snow Babies: cast stone

Installation: 1938

Funding: Department of Parks and Recreation, with support from the Works Progress Administration


Frederick George Richard Roth’s Mother Goose and Victor Frisch’s Snow Babies welcome visitors to Rumsey Playfield. The first sculpture to greet visitors to the play area is the fabled female storyteller in a conical hat atop a flying goose. Bas-reliefs of Humpty Dumpty, Old King Cole, and other storybook characters surround the goose. To enter the playfield, visitors walk between two brick gateposts. On top of the posts is a visual treat: two children on their sleds wrapped up against the cold and snow, gazing at each other.

Mother Goose

and Snow Babies

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​© 2017 by Central Park in Bronze


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