It's quite appropriate that the first sculpture/monument erected in Schenley Park honors Edward Manning Bigelow, the city director of public works and "Father of the Parks."
He was the man who spearheaded the effort to convince heiress Mary Schenley to donate land for the park, supervised the creation of Highland and Riverview parks, as well as a system of parkways to connect them.
A huge throng -- including the statue's subject -- turned out in Schenley Park on dedication day, July 4, 1895. It was said Bigelow's tribute, created by Giuseppe Moretti, was one of only three statues in the country at the time erected to living people.
In 1935, Pittsburgh physician Thomas Diller told the Historical Society of Western Pennsylvania that the statue was a "holy terror" and should be moved to a list prominent place.
However, the head of the Carnegie Institute and the historical society, as well as Bigelow's sister, Mary, objected to the move.
They eventually prevailed and the statue of Bigelow can still be seen greeting those who cross the Schenley Bridge to enter the park.
Source: “Discovering Pittsburgh's Sculpture” by Marilyn Evert and Vernon Gay, 1986, University of Pittsburgh Press