Sculptor: Andrea Spadini 1912-1983 • Italy
Gift of publisher and philanthropist
George Delacorte 1893-1991
Located between the Wildlife Center and
the Children’s Zoo is the George Delacorte
Musical Clock built high above a triple arched
red brick arcade.
This clock is a main attractions for kids in
Central Park and with its musical chimes it
has won renoun for its uniqueness.
It is decorated with six bronze mechanical
animals, which delights parents and children
of all ages.
The fun begins every hour and half hour
when one of 32 nursery rhyme tunes play
while the animals rotate around the base
of the Clock.
The merry roundup of animals includes:
a bear with a tambourine, a hippopotamus
with a violin, a goat with pan pipes, a
kangaroo and offspring with horns, an
elephant playing an accordion, and a
penguin with a drum.
At the top of the clock are two bronze
monkeys that appear to bang their hammers
against a large bell. An audience of parents
with wide eyed children always gather
around the Clock to wait in anticipation,
eager to see the animals dance and play
their way around the clock tower.