At the very top of the long winding stairs
leading down to the Pond on the northwest
side of the Grand Army Plaza is the Lombard
Lamp. It is a highly decorated, cast-iron replica
of an original located on the Lombard Bridge in
It was presented to Central Park in 1979 by the
officials of that city as a symbol of friendship
and good will.
Its 1,320-pound ornate cast-iron frame supports
five round lamps and is an exact replica of the
lamp designed by sculptor Carl Borner in 1869,
which is present on the Lombard Bridge in
Hamburg. At its square base, four carved
cherubs gently sit as they grace each corner.