Happy Birthday Karl Bitter!! Today we celebrate another sculptor's life, this time an Austrian born American, from1867. After training in Vienna, apprenticing with an architectural sculptor and serving for a time in the army there, Bitter immigrated to the U.S. He became associated with architect Richard Morris Hunt and the two collaborated on many projects. Sadly his genius was never allowed to come to completion since he was tragically struck down by a car after leaving the Metropolitan Opera House at age 48. Located in the Grand Army Plaza at 59th and 5th Ave. in New York City, on the Pulitzer Fountain, the sculpture below was created using his (and many other sculptors') favorite model Audrey Munson. Isn't the casual lounge of the figure charming?