12.11.2007

objet i.d.



I'm offering more letterpress love to the first caller who accurately identifies the location of this festively beribboned beauty.

Two clues: Outdoors. NYC.



Brava, P. [I see you've been spending some time of late in the Bryant Park vicinity - in and around the planters in particular. Ahem.] The planter in the i.d. shot is set just below and east of one of the Great Lions of the NYPL (see next image). Ms. P, although you weren't the only respondent to answer correctly, you certainly were the first. So, look to the mailbox for some letterpress goodness.

Bonus treat: a bit of NYPL Leo trivia. The lions' nicknames have changed over the decades. First they were called Leo Astor and Leo Lenox, after The New York Public Library founders John Jacob Astor and James Lenox. Later, they were known as Lady Astor and Lord Lenox (even though they are both male lions). During the 1930s, Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia named them Patience and Fortitude, for the qualities he felt New Yorkers would need to survive the economic depression. These names have stood the test of time: Patience still guards the south side of the Library's steps and Fortitude sits unwaveringly to the north. Fortitude is pictured here.




Happy, joyous, merry and bright to all.




:images dianamuse

5 comments:

Joanna Goddard said...

what fun! i have no idea, though....makes me want to walk around NYC and try to figure it out:)

P said...

Bryant Park - near NYPL!

michelle said...

Public Libary yeeehaw

Luisa Perkins said...

Well, at first I thought it was one of the urns at Bethesda Terrace, but now I'm swayed by other commmenters' opinions. Hmmm.

P said...

IwinIwinIwinIwin! Yay! So exciting. I never win anything. How wonderful - thank you. But yes, I had an unfair advantage because of my planter pillaging...