Artist: Ferdinando Andreini (original), Paul McGovney (replacement)
Dates: Original dedicated 1963; Replacement installed 1995
AKA Tranquility in Innocence A Sleeping Child
A marble sculpture of a sleeping child has been in the west median at the intersection of 47th and Broadway since 1963.
The original marble entitled simply "Sleeping Child" was by Italian sculptor Ferdinando Andreini, who lived 1843 to 1922. It was placed in the median at 47th and Broadway and dedicated in 1963. Unfortunately, in 1994, a car struck the sculpture and damaged it beyond repair and it had to be removed. The original plaque read as follows:
An original figure by Andreini of
Florence, Italy. A child completely
relaxed in the sleep of the innocent and
the just, while her lovely head rests lightly on her arm
Acquired by Miller Nichols and
dedicated to the Plaza in
Artist Paul McGovney created a marble sculpture very similar to the original. McGovney's sculpture is entitled "Tranquility in Innocence A Sleeping Child." It was installed at the same location in 1995.