Lee Lawrie: Art Déco Master Sculptor
One United States’ foremost architectural sculptors and a key figure in the American art scene preceding World War II
Rockefeller Center NYC
Above Entrance @ 30, Rockefeller Plaza NYC
Parade of Sorrows 1931
Saint Paul City Hall and Ramsey County Courthouse
Library of Congress John Adams Building (1939)
“The Story of Mankind” (1937)
Carved limestone screen
International Building, 630 Fifth Avenue, New York City
Bottom center: Four stereotypical figures depicting the races of mankind: red, white, yellow and black.
Above them is a sailing ship symbolizing international trade.
Above that are three male figures representing art, science and industry. And above that is the mythological messenger god, Mercury, symbolizing communication and trade.
At the top, the earth is represented by a clock and its rays. It is flanked by the two hemispheres, represented by the Big Dipper and the Southern Cross. The regions are represented by a seagull and whale’s fluke for the North, palm trees for the South, a mosque for the East, and an Aztec temple for the West. A Norman tower represents agrarianism, and three smokestacks represent the new industrial age. The kingdoms of the world are represented by a lion, and the republics are represented by an eagle.
carved stone panels along with Patriotism and Wisdom
US Senate chambers
Nebraska State Capitol
Yale Law School
Nabu and Tahmurath (1939)
Library of Congress
Winged Mercury 1933
United Nations Plaza, New York
Michigan State University
The Sower (1922)
A bas-relief with the inscription “Whatsoever a Man Soweth” (Galatians 6:7)
A tribute both to MSU’s origins as an agricultural college and to the seminal nature of knowledge.
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