The statue in Central Park was photographed by the same photographer that day Click for a larger image
The statue dedicated to King Władysław II Jagiełło, the Grand Duke of Lithuania and King of Poland. In his marriage he united Poland and Lithuania. His victory in 1410 over the Knights of the Teutonic Order, led to the collapse of the Order and the expansion of Polands borders.
The sculpture by Stanislaw Kazimierz Ostrowski was first placed in the Polish pavilion at the New York Worlds Fair in the Flushing Meadows (Queens) Park in 1939, moved to storage during the occupation of Poland during World War II, and placed in its current location in 1986.
The statue shows the king holding two cross swords over his head, a sign of unification between Lithuania and Poland.