As summer comes to a close and days grow shorter once again we wanted to use this post to tell you about the Four Seasons Statues of New Orleans. The city boasts hundreds of statues, many of them quite famous and some infamous. However, there are four that may be the most unnoticed statues in the city and the most peculiar, seeing we are not the least bit familiar with the traditional seasons of the year.
Hidden in plain site, the Four Seasons Statues reside in the four corners of Jackson Square. They were erected between 1850 and 1852 and are the four oldest statues still standing in New Orleans. As their name implies, each statue represents a season, not only of the calendar but of our human life cycle.
The Seasons of Life
The first marble statue represents Spring and is symbolized by a young girl holding flowers of the season. The Summer statue is a young man leaning against a tree with his legs crossed having just read the book in his hand as many like to do in the long hours of summer. He even has a snack of grapes at his side. Autumn is represented by a native American woman with a sickle perhaps getting ready to reap the harvest of fall. And finally the statue representing Winter is an old bearded man in a cloak contemplating the long years of his life.
If you haven’t seen the statues, you are not alone. The next time you are in the Square, take a moment to search them out, ponder their meaning and perhaps question what they are even doing here.
The Savvy Native is a group of experienced local tour guides who were either born in New Orleans or wish they had been.
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