The summer fantasy captured under the Minton Tiles near Central Park’s Delacorte Fountain finds a man and a woman caught up in heated magic. Lighter figures melt as the background remains solid.
by David Stone
The dog days of summer in the city can be tough. The heat rises up from the concrete, and the humidity is enough to make even the hardiest New Yorker wilt. But there is one oasis in the city where the heat doesn’t seem so bad, and that’s Central Park.
On a hot summer day, there’s nothing better than taking a stroll through the cool, shady paths of Central Park.
The trees provide a welcome respite from the harsh sun, and the greenery is a refreshing sight after walking blocks and blocks of concrete.
Central Park is also a great place for people-watching. On any given day, you’ll see joggers, cyclists, strollers, and picnickers enjoying the park.
If you’re looking to cool off on a hot summer day, Central Park is also home to several fountains. The Alice in Wonderland fountain is a popular spot for playing in the water on a hot day.
Or if you’re looking for something a little more tranquil, take a stroll by The Pool. It’s surrounded by willow trees and looks like something out of a fairy tale.
No matter how you spend your time in Central Park, it’s sure to be a welcome respite from the heat of summertime in the city.
About the Minton Tiles in the Summer Fantasy
Minton tiles are a type of encaustic tile that was popular in the Victorian era.
They are made by pressing a design into wet clay, then glazing and firing the tile. Minton tiles were used extensively in public buildings and homes in the 19th century. Many fine examples can still be seen today.
In Central Park, there are two Minton tile panels that were installed in 1871. The panels feature a lush floral design, and each one is composed of 48 tiles.
The Minton tiles in Central Park are a beautiful example of this type of decorative tilework. They are a popular spot for visitors to take photos.