The statue of Hans Christian Andersen is located near Manhattan’s Conservatory Water pond on the east side of Central Park, just north of the entrance at East 772nd Street and 5th Avenue.
The oversize bronze sculpture depicts the seated Danish author reading from a book, which is open at his tale The Ugly Duckling. At his feet is a bronze “duckling” depicting the cygnet in his story. Along with the nearby Alice in Wonderland sculpture, it is a popular spot for photographs, and in summer months, a Saturday morning storytelling hour for kids is held at the statue.
Dedicated on September 18th, 1956, the sculpture is the work of Georg J. Lober, who was also responsible for the statue of musical entertainer George M Cohan in the Duffy Square area of Times Square.