Crest of the Wave by Harriet Frishmuth

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“Crest of the Wave” by Harriet Frishmuth sits under the main dome in Como Park’s Conservatory. It’s a playful sculpture and fountain from 1925 and is modeled after dancer Desha Delteil.

The nude figure has a certain grace and carefree joy — as if the warmth of the Conservatory compared to the frigid Minnesota winters outside was so inviting she stripped her clothes and started dancing. Or maybe not.

While we’re on the subject of nudity, it’s worth noting that a contemporary art critic called the work “one of the most important nudes of our time.”

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