The Holiday Train Show-2021

Their BACK! On November 16th, 2021 we had an opportunity to attend the press preview for the most popular train show in New York City. Each year we’re super excited to see what’s about to be unveiled. The Holiday Train Show® at The New York Botanical Garden (NYBG) is celebrating 30th years. In celebration of 30 years, the Holiday Train Show will be showcasing 190 of NYBG’s buildings and structures including a new replica of the majestic LuEsther T. Mertz Library Building, along with the iconic Enid A. Haupt Conservatory.

In recognition of the Holiday Train Show’s 30th year, the artists at Applied Imagination have re-created one of the most significant sites at The New York Botanical Garden: the LuEsther T. Mertz Library Building, the Lillian Goldman Fountain of Life, and the John J. Hoffee Tulip Tree Allée, which were collectively designated as a New York City Landmark in 2009.

The Goldman Fountain of Life, a dramatic composition of mythical figures in front of the Library Building, was designed by American Renaissance sculptor Charles E. Tefft in 1905 and was restored in 2005. The replicas of the fountain’s Beaux-Arts sculptures, including charging seahorses, a lively nymph, and a startled mermaid and merman, are covered in tobacco leaves, with grape vine tendrils for the figures’ hair. The fountain’s basin is fashioned from large shelf fungus.

page2image2172695632 New LuEsther T. Mertz Library Building Replica – Photography @NYBG