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Alexander von Humboldt statue
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Alexander von Humboldt statue (2012)
Location Fairmount Park, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Designer Friedrich Drake
Material Bronze
Granite (pedestal)
Beginning date September 13, 1869
Completion date 1871
Dedicated to Alexander von Humboldt

The Alexander von Humboldt statue is a monumental statue of Alexander von Humboldt in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States. Located in Fairmount Park, the statue was completed in 1871 and donated to the city in 1876.

History

Alexander von Humboldt was a Prussian polymath active during the late 18th and early 19th centuries. In May 1804, during one of his scientific journeys through the Americas, he visited Philadelphia. On September 13, 1869, on the centennial anniversary of Humboldt's birth, the cornerstone for a monument honoring him was laid in Fairmount Park, on a knoll overlooking the Girard Avenue Bridge, by the city's German society. The statue on Humboldt was designed by Friedrich Drake, a German sculptor based in Berlin. It was dedicated in 1871. Several years later, in 1876, on the centennial of American independence, the statue was gifted to the city of Philadelphia and dedicated again. According to the Association for Public Art, the statue was moved to another part of the park in 1977.

Design

The monument consists of a bronze sculpture of Humboldt placed on a granite socle. Humboldt is wearing a long coat, with his left hand on a globe. In his right hand is a scroll with "COSMOS" written on it.

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