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The Mall and Literary Walk, Central Park, New York

The Mall is one of the formal features in the design by Olmstead and Vaux.It was intended as an area where people dressed in their best Sunday clothes could stroll up and down and socialise hence it is 40 foot wide.In order to provide shade for all these people four rows of American elms were planted on either side of the walkway. It has been described as "walking in a cathedral of trees" and that is certainly true. Plus the framework of the trees, the branches and the trunks, looks so artistic. At the southern end of The Mall is Literary Walk and figures represented there include William Shakespeare by John Quincy Adams, Sir Walter Scott and Robert Burns by Sir John Steell, and The Indian Hunter by John Quincy Adams Ward. In 1873 it was decided that this would be the area for any statues of this kind to help maintain the natural feel in the park.


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