George Washington Statue
Public Art: George Washington Statue
Sculptor: © Henry Kirke Brown (1814-1886)
Description: A bronze equestrian statue of the first
President of the United States, George Washington depicting the moment Washington claimed New York City from the
British (Evacuation Day). Washington sits upon his horse and signals to the troops with his outstretch right
hand, his hat held firmly in his left hand along with the horse's reins.
Date Unveiled: On the 5th June, 1865 the statue
was installed in front of a crowd of thousands but the officially unveiling happened a month later on the 4th
of July. The statue was originally erected in a fenced off enclosure in the middle of the street at the south end
corner of Union Square but was later moved in 1930 to the south side when the park was redesigned.
Foundry : The Washington statue was cast at the
Ames Foundry in Chicopee, Massachusetts.
Location: The Washington statue can be found at the
south side of Union Square Park, Manhattan, New York.
Trivia : The George Washington statue is the oldest
sculpture in the New York City Parks collection.
In 1989 the missing sword and bridle strap were replaced through the Adopt-A-Monument program.
Following the events of September 11th, 2001, the George Washington statue has become a shrine
for grieving New Yorkers.
On the 7th of February, 2012, Maksim Katsnelson, dressed as Superman, Climbed the George
Washington statue and launched into a series of rants. His main gripe was directed at Donald Trump. When police
tried to remove him, Katsnelson perched up on Washington's shoulders yelling "People are fighting to save America,
I'm fighting to save the world!" He was eventually removed and taken away for phychiatric evaluation.