Friday, July 15, 2011

New York City: Art Deco Artwork in-&-around Rockefeller Center & more..

Entrance to 30 Rockefeller Plaza..
"Wisdom" [is flanked by Sound and Light..]
By Lee Lawrie..
For more, click here..

30 Rockefeller Center, arguably the centerpiece of the 14-building complex of Rockefeller Center. It is a 70-story, 850-ft.-high slab skyscraper, fully clad in gray Indiana limestone, as are the similarly styled though smaller 13 other buildings in the original complex..

The plaque reads..
Designated Landmark: New York City
Rockefeller Center
Rockefeller Center is one of the foremost architectural projects undertaken in America in terms of scope, urban planning and integration of architecture, art and landscape. It was developed by John D. Rockefeller, Jr. The Center's original architects were Reinhard & Hofmeister; Hood, Godley & Fouilhoux; and Corbett, Harrison & MacMurry. The original complex of fourteen buildings were constructed between 1931 and 1939, and provided jobs for thousands of labourers in the building industries throughout the depression.
New York Landmarks Preservation Foundation, 1989..

Artwork at Rockefeller Center..
In the post I bring the artwork I saw in the Rockefeller Center, which includes works of Lee Lawrie, Paul Manship, Alfred Janniot, Attilio Piccirilli, Rene Paul Chambellan, Carl Paul Jennewein, Isamu Noguchi, Leo Friedlander, Robert Garrison [& possibly more, that I'm missing]..
Mostly Art Deco!!!

Rainbow Room entrance of 30 Rockefeller Plaza..
Relief panels and canopy..
by Leo Friedlander..

Sunken Plaza of Rockfeller Center..
Statue of Prometheus,
by Paul Manship..

Rockefeller Center Plaza..
First human Maiden made from clay by Prometheus,
sculpted by Paul Manship..
For more, click here..

British Empire Bldg., 620 Fifth Ave, Rockefeller Center..
"Winged Mercury"..
By Lee Lawrie..

La Maison Francaise, 610 Fifth Ave, Rockefeller Center..
Seeds of Good Citizenship / The Sower..
By Lee Lawrie..

Channel Garden sculptures, Rockefeller Center..
by Rene Paul Chambellan..

Entrance to International Bldg., Rockefeller Center..
Statue of Atlas
By Lee Lawrie..

Doors of British Empire Bldg., 620 Fifth Ave, Rockefeller Center..
"Industries of the British Commonwealth"
By Carl Paul Jennewein..

Entrance of La Maison Francaise, 610 Fifth Ave, Rockefeller Center...
"Friendship of France and United States" [gilded gold bas-relief]..
By Alfred Janniot..

1250 Avenue of the Americas, Rockefeller Center..
Mosaic Mural "Intelligence Awakening Mankind"..
by Barry Faulkner
The central figure is 'Thought'. The other two figures are messengers. The male figure represents writing, and the female represents the spoken word. All the figures are bound together by a scarf. Red and gold radio waves surround them and disseminate their message.

1270 Avenue of the Americas, Rockefeller Center..
"Morning Present and Evening"..
By Robert Garrison..

[??] - Any information is welcome..

Some artworks that I missed to photograph [too tired!! Now I regret!]..
- “Spirits of Song, Drama and Dance” - by Hildreth Meiere [50th Street facade of the Radio City Music Hall Bldg.]..
- "News" - by Isamu Noguchi [Associated press Bldg.]
- “Youth Leading Industry” - by Attilia Piccirilli [glass block bas-relief at Fifth Avenue entrance to the north wing of the International Bldg.]
- “The Italian Immigrant” and “Italia” - by Giacomo Manzu [bronze sculpture at the entrance to the Palazzo d'Italia in the south wing of the International Building at 626 Fifth Avenue]

Rockerfeller Center is a 14-bldgs complex, which includes..
The GE (aka RCA) Building (1933) (69 floors), 1270 Avenue of the Americas (1931), GE Building (1933), International Building (1935), Time-Life Building (1937), Associated Press Building (1938), Simon & Schuster Building (1939), Eastern Airlines Building (1940), & Manufacturers Hanover Building (1952), Radio City hall..



Sumac said...

Thank you! You've answered so many questions for me. I've been dying to know the names and/or meaning of some of these deco works at Rockefeller Plaza. It certainly makes the opening credits to '30 ROCK' more interesting. Great pics!

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