Sunday 4 January 2015

Central Park by Dave Beckerman

Trefoil Bridge Central Park

This is from a large format camera, circa 1993. Location: along park path under East Drive near the Boathouse and Central Park Lake. Built: 1862 by Vaux and Mould In architectural lingo, ”trefoil” means a design featuring 3 lobes, like a shamrock. Consequently, ‘quatrefoil’ and ‘cinquefoil’ mean designs featuring 4 and 5 lobes.

Bethesda Terrace 1990s

This shot is from 1990, 35mm film. Bethesda Terrace is on two levels, united by two grand staircases and a lesser one that passes under Terrace Drive to provide passage southward to the Elkan Naumburg bandshell and The Mall, of which this is the architectural culmination, the theatrical set-piece at the center of the park. The upper terrace flanks the 72nd Street Cross Drive and the lower terrace provides a podium for viewing the Lake. The mustard-olive colored carved stone is New Brunswick sandstone, with a harder stone for cappings, with granite steps and landings, and herringbone paving of Roman brick laid on edge.

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