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Percent for Art

   Gabriel Koren

Frederick Douglass, Bronze, granite, 2009


Frederick Douglass

Completion Date:



Bronze, granite


8' 11" h x 7'7" w x 7' 7" d


Fredrick Douglass Circle


Central Park West, Frederick Douglass Boulevard and Cathedral Parkway, Manhattan


Quennell Rothschild & Partners

Sponsor Agency:

New York City Department of Parks and Recreation and Department of Transportation

Design Agency:

New York City Department of Design and Construction

The focus of Gabriel Koren's career has been to sculpt the leaders, artists, thinkers and other members of the African American Diaspora whose lives and work have impacted contemporary life on national and international levels.  The 8 foot bronze sculpture of Frederick Douglass is part of Frederick Douglass Circle which was created as a collaboration of Koren with site artist Algernon Miller.

The sculpture is based on early daguerreotypes.  In daguerreotypes the figure would often stand next to a column because the exposure time for the photograph often lasted for up to an hour.

About the Artist...
Born in Hungary, Koren received her MFA at the Hungarian Academy of Fine Arts in Budapest.  She has exhibited her work in New York since 1984.  Koren created the first public sculpture of Malcolm X in the former Audubon Ballroom in Harlem at the site of his assassination.  In 2009 her sculpture of Prudence Crandall with Student was installed in the lobby of the State Capitol in Hartford, CT. 

In 1997 she was the recipient of the Pollock Krasner Foundation Grant, and the New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship Award.  She has also taught sculpture at the National Academy of Design, and at City College of New York. 

Koren lives and works in New York City. 

Artist Quote...
The commissions to create the public sculptures of Malcolm X and Frederick Douglass in Harlem were the greatest honor and greatest responsibility I have received in my life.  My goal was to create sculptures representing two great African American historical figures.  I hope my work will add to the memories of the two great men.