The Apple Cider Press

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In this sculpture an oversized mustachioed nude is operating a cider press. A child kneels at his feet, and branches and apples surround the base, along with a bucket and pitcher. Originally the statue was a water fountain that had a cup attached with a chain -- rumor says it used cider instead of water.

This sculpture was originally exhibited at the Midwinter International Exposition in 1894. There it was purchased from the French Commission for the Music Concourse by the fair's director, Michael H. de Young.

Art and Architecture's Cindy Casey pointed out that the figure "bears some resemblance to Douglas Tilden’s Mechanics Monument located on Market street in that it bears tribute to the value of hard work."

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Near the north-west corner of Golden Gate Park's Music Concourse, close to the north entrance of the de Young Museum

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