Industry and Agriculture (1937)

Carl Paul Jennewein (American, born Germany. 1890–1978)

Industry and Agriculture

These two heroic-sized carvings represent the commercial activities of industry and agriculture, depicting universal activities, not individuals. One figure holds a shovel, symbolizing industry, while the other holds a scythe and gestures to shafts of wheat, representing the harvest, or agriculture. It is a straightforward interpretation of workers and their work, a common Art Deco theme. The figures are strong and idealized, signifying the roots of prosperity in America and promoting its work ethic.

One Rockefeller Plaza main entrance.

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