The Bust of Johann Friedrick von Schiller in Central Park
If you’re like me, you know nothing about German philosophers of the 18th and 19th centuries, or the bust of Johann Friedrich von Schiller that sits near the Naumberg Bandshell, for that matter. But as a writer it’s my job to investigate everything I come across, so I had to ask myself why they would stick his bust there instead of with the other statues at the south end of Literary Walk. Couldn’t he afford the rent downtown?
The answer came when I discovered that much of his writing dealt with aesthetics and beauty. Of course, I thought, why place him with the poets when he can be placed next to where beauty in the form of music is performed?
Some of the music he’d been made to listen to over the years might not have coincided with the beauty of which he wrote, but at least he could enjoy a view of the Bethesda Terrace, the heart of one of the most beautiful parks in the world, as he listened.