Guide Map - NYC and Central Park by The Vintage Collection



Title

Guide Map - NYC and Central Park

Artist

The Vintage Collection

Ref GM3842
Type Fine Art Print
Image Size 40" x 42" (102 x 107 cm)
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Description  
New York's Central Park is the first urban landscaped park in the United States. Originally conceived in the salons of wealthy New Yorkers in the early 1850's, the park project spanned more than a decade and cost the city ten million dollars. The purpose was to refute the European view that Americans lacked a sense of civic duty and appreciation for cultural refinement and instead possessed an unhealthy and individualistic materialism that precluded interest in the common good. The bruised egos of New York high society envisioned a sweeping pastoral landscape, among which the wealthy could parade in their carriages, socialize, and "be seen," and in which the poor could benefit from clean air and uplifting recreation.