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New York Titan


Ever seen the Atlas statue in New York? I recently found out that it's a companion piece to the Prometheus you can normally see in the skating area at the Rockefeller center. I didnt even know the statue in the skating area was Prometheus (I really couldnt see any give away, and for sure he was not chained to a rock while some bird ate out his liver, like in the ancient myth).

That said, are some details from Wikipedia:
Atlas is a bronze statue in front of Rockefeller Center in midtown Manhattan, New York City, across Fifth Avenue from St. Patrick's Cathedral. The sculpture depicts the Ancient Greek Titan Atlas holding the heavens. It was created by sculptor Lee Lawrie with the help of Rene Paul Chambellan, and it was installed in 1937.

The sculpture is in the Art Deco style, as is the entire Rockefeller Center. Atlas in the sculpture is 15 feet tall, while the entire statue is 45 feet tall, as high as a four-story building. It weighs seven tons, and is the largest sculpture at Rockefeller Center. The North-South axis of the armillary sphere on his shoulders points towards the North Star as seen from New York City.
The part from the Wikipedia article I found kind of funny was...

When Atlas was unveiled in 1937, some people protested, claiming that it looked like Mussolini. Later, painter James Montgomery Flagg said that Atlas "looks too much as Mussolini thinks he looks".
Do you think the statue looks like Mussolini???

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For those who want to learn more of the ancient myth go here.

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