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Hans Christian AndersenThe Highlights
Hans Christian Andersen is one of the most popular climbing sculptures in the Park.
Erected in 1956, the memorial was a gift, in part, by Danish and American schoolchildren and funded mainly by Danish-American Women's Association to commemorate the 150th anniversary of Andersen's birth. Best known for his children's stories such as The Emperor's New Clothes, The Little Mermaid and The Ugly Duckling, the author's statue includes the seated author holding a book while the little bird stands by the author's feet. The two favorite spots for climbing are on top of the open book displaying the opening lines of The Ugly Duckling and on the free standing "duck." During the summer months, children flock to the statue for the storytelling program, which began with the installation of the statue.