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The artwork at Rockefeller Center comes in every size, shape, color, and medium. From the very beginning the plan was to set the standard for public art in NYC. And it continues to do so today.

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Art Sundae 2019

Multiple Artists
30 Rockefeller Plaza
Art Sundae at Rockefeller Center in partnership with Art Production Fund
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Art in Focus

Multiple Artists
30 Rockefeller Plaza
Rockefeller Center in partnership with Art Production Fund will present a series of public art pop ups throughout the center.
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Panther Mural

Jenry Billings
Third floor ladies' powder room, Radio City Music Hall
This decorative, enigmatic work, on display in the ladies room, stylistically moves away from Art Deco and toward Surrealism, where dreams and unreality were key themes.
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The Immigrant

Giacomo Manzu
Near West 50th Street entrance of 626 Fifth Avenue
The companion work to the large panel titled Italia, this bas-relief is a poignant work depicting a weary barefoot mother and her naked child, the fundamental nature of poverty.
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Gallic Freedom

Alfred Janniot
Above the main entrance of 610 Fifth Avenue
Perched above the entrance of La Maison Francaise, this massive, majestic figure is symbolic of French freedom as she proclaims Liberte, Egalite, Fraternite (Liberty, Equality, Fraternity) to the world.
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Eve

Gwen Creighton Lux
First mezzanine near 50th Street staircase
Defying easy categorization, this unconventional portrait of Eve is depicted from an evolutionary view.
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Industry and Agriculture

Carl Paul Jennewein
1 Rockefeller Plaza main entrance
These two heroic-sized carvings represent the commercial activities of industry and agriculture, depicting universal activities, not individuals.
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News

Isamu Noguchi
Above 50 Rockefeller Plaza main entrance
Soaring above the entrance to 50 Rockefeller Plaza, this dynamic plaque symbolizes the business of the building’s former tenant, the Associated Press.
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Aspects of Mankind

Gaston Lachaise
1250 Avenue of the Americas
These four allegorical stone carvings express ideal aspects of the development of modern civilization: Genius Seizing the Light of the Sun (the development of electricity and communications), The Conquest of Space and Gifts of Earth to Mankind (an acknowledgement of spirituality), and The Spirit of Progress (a reference to the bond between capitalism and the unions during the building of the Center).
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Dance, Drama, and Song

Hildreth M. Meiere
Radio City Music Hall
These three large stylized decorative plaques, placed high up on the south façade of Radio City Music Hall, represent the theater’s main activities.
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Intelligence Awakening Mankind

Barry Faulkner
1250 Avenue of the Americas
This mosaic of small glass tiles (tesserae) is composed of over one million glass tiles in two hundred and fifty colors, each hand-cut and hand-set.
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Industries of the British Empire

Carl Paul Jennewein
Above 620 Fifth Avenue entrance
The nine gilded allegorical figures on this large bronze panel represent industries that were once considered major sources of income for the British.
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Winged Mercury

Lee Lawrie with colorist Leon V. Solon
Above Channel Gardens Entrance of 620 Fifth Avenue
The Roman god Mercury has been used to symbolize Britain’s worldwide strength in the 1930s, and here the gilded figure is depicted on a mission, rapidly flying over blue-green waves.
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Conquest of Disease

Jose Maria Sert
North Corridor of 30 Rockefeller Plaza
The first commission Jose Maria Sert received for Rockefeller Center was to paint four murals to decorate the ends of the elevator banks.
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Spirit of Dance

Jose Maria Sert
North Hall of 30 Rockefeller Plaza
As Sert’s submission for the main-lobby mural, American Progress, did not wrap the corners of the wall, he was asked to provide two additional murals for these walls.
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Time

Jose Maria Sert
Main Lobby of 30 Rockefeller Plaza
This dramatic ceiling mural depicts heroic-sized, Titans who symbolize the three aspects of time: Past, Present and Future.
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Arms of England

Lee Lawrie with colorist Leon V. Solon
Above 50th Street entrance of 620 Fifth Avenue
Three gilded passant-gardant lions (passant means walking; gardant means looking out of the shield) reinforce the presence of the building’s primary tenant, the British monarchy.
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Wisdom

Lee Lawrie with colorist Leon V. Solon
Above 30 Rockefeller Plaza main entrance
An Art Deco icon, Wisdom famously looms over the entrance to the main building of Rockefeller Center and can be seen from Fifth Avenue.
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Contest

Jose Maria Sert
South stairway in the grand lobby of 30 Rockefeller Plaza
Painted three years after Fraternity of Men, this work presents a far more pessimistic view of the world.
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Columbia Greeting a Woman and Boatman Unfurling a Sail

Lee Lawrie
Above 19 West 50th Street Entrance
These two panels are part of the three pieces Lee Lawrie created as an appeal for world peace.
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Swords Into Plowshares

Lee Lawrie with colorist Leon V. Solon
19 West 50th Street entrance of 630 Fifth Avenue
This panel is one unit of the three-part work Lee Lawrie created as an appeal for world peace.
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Television

Leo Friedlander
Above 49th Street entrance
A native New Yorker, Leo Friedlander studied at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Brussels and Paris and was awarded the Prix de Rome in 1913.
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The Phantasmagoria Of The Theater

Louis Bouche
Walls of the main lounge of Radio City Music Hall
When Bouche was commissioned to paint a series of vignettes to represent various theatrical scenes for the walls of the main lounge, he chose five eras as the focus for his lively narrative.
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Mankind Figures (Maiden and Youth)

Paul Manship
Flanking the staircase to the Lower Plaza
Manship created these heroic-sized figures in 1933 to flank the golden Titan Prometheus.
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Girl And Goose

Robert Laurent
First mezzanine
This cast aluminum statue is one of three nudes that, amazingly, created a controversy when it was first installed.
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Atlas

Lee Lawrie and Rene Paul Chambellan
630 Fifth Avenue, Main entrance forecourt
Atlas is a successful collaboration between two talented artists, Lee Lawrie, who conceived the idea and designed the figure, and Rene Chambellan, who modeled the heroic-sized statue from his sketch.
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Light and Movement

Michio Ihara
On the main lobby north and south walls of 630 Fifth Avenue
Nelson Rockefeller, a great patron of modern art, commissioned this sculpture in 1978 to update and enhance the lobby area of the International Building.
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Motifs from the Coats of Arms of The British Isles

Rene Paul Chambellan
Fifth Avenue facade sixth-floor spandrels of 620 Fifth Avenue
For this series of carvings, Chambellan borrowed motifs from the coats of arms of England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland—the four countries that make up the British Isles.
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Morning, Present, Evening

Robert Garrison
Above 1270 Avenue of the Americas entrance
This was the first work of art commissioned for Rockefeller Center and ultimately set the stage for its renowned Art Deco style.
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Fountainhead Figures

Rene Paul Chambellan
East ends of the Six Pools in the Channel Gardens
Amongst the greenery of the Channel Gardens are six fountainhead sculptures gushing broad streams of water.
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Frieze Sculpture

Multiple Artists
30 Rockefeller Plaza
Frieze Sculpture is a major public art initiative, presented at Rockefeller Center in partnership with Frieze New York and Tishman Speyer.
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Italia

Giacomo Manzu
Above 626 Fifth Avenue entrance
During the Second World War, a bas-relief with an undesirable fascist theme was removed from the prominent 626 Fifth Avenue entrance. Twenty years later, in 1965, a group of prominent Italian businessmen presented Rockefeller Center with this plaque as a symbol of Italy and Italian-Americans.
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The Joy of Life

Attilio Piccirilli
Above 48th Street entrance
John D. Rockefeller, the developer of the Center, was a reserved man who advocated temperance, yet this carving portrays the “joy” of life as wine.
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Commerce and Industry with a Caduceus

Attilio Piccirilli
Above the main entrance of 636 Fifth Avenue
Located above the glass bas-relief Youth Leading Industry, this large polychrome-painted limestone cartouche shows two monumental-sized figures symbolizing the basic trades of the nation.
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Dancing Figure

William Zorach
1260 Avenue of the Americas
Dancing Figure, an over-life-size casting of a nude female figure resting on one knee, is a study of the rounded, full shapes and simplified forms that characterize Zorach’s work.
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Abolition of Bondage

Jose Maria Sert
North Corridor of 30 Rockefeller Plaza
The first commission Jose Maria Sert received for Rockefeller Center was to paint four murals to decorate the ends of the elevator banks.
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Fraternity of Men

Jose Maria Sert
North stairway in the grand lobby of 30 Rockefeller Plaza
Sert expresses an optimistic view in this mural, painted at a time when Europe was on the verge of war.
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Cornucopia of Plenty

Lee Lawrie with colorist Leon V. Solon
10 West 51st Street
This polychrome-painted stone carving depicts a messenger soaring from the clouds, emptying an overflowing horn onto the earth.
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Seeds of Good Citizenship

Lee Lawrie with colorist Leon V. Solon
Above Channel Gardens Entrance of La Maison Francaise
Pure Art Deco, this panel features an allegorical gilded female figure sowing seeds in the form of a stylized fleur-de-lis, the symbolic flower of France.
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Progress

Lee Lawrie with colorist Leon V. Solon
Above 49th Street entrance
A true icon of the Art Deco style, this bas-relief is allegorical, has bold and flat geometric shapes, strong colors and stylized forms, and, above all, is decorative.
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Saint Francis of Assisi with Birds

Lee Lawrie with colorist Leon V. Solon
Above 9 West 50th Street entrance of 630 Fifth Avenue
The figure of Saint Francis symbolizes love of self and neighbor.
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Exterior Elevator Door Panels

Rene Paul Chambellan
1270 Avenue of the Americas
Radio City Music Hall designer Donald Deskey commissioned Chambellan, a highly talented architectural modeler and sculptor, to provide designs for the elevator doors, with the belief that every small detail and decorative element would help create the right atmosphere of escape and fantasy.
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Prometheus

Paul Manship
Above Lower Plaza
Prometheus is said to be the best-known sculpture in Rockefeller Center and the most photographed monumental sculpture in all of NYC.
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Christmas Angels

Valerie Clarebout
Channel Gardens
In winter the Channel Gardens fountains are turned off and the Center is decorated for the Christmas holidays.
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Four Continents

Leo Lentelli
636 Fifth Avenue sixth floor facade
Leo Lentelli’s allegorical carvings of Asia, Europe, Africa and The Americas not only reflect the range of international businesses within the building, but also communicate the vastness and history of the continents
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Four Periods In Italian History

Leo Lentelli
626 Fifth Avenue
These stone carvings represent four eras in Italy’s history. They begin with The Roman Period, represented by the letters S.P.Q.R. (“The Senate and People of Rome”) and a Roman warrior.
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The Story of Mankind

Lee Lawrie with colorist Leon V. Solon
Above 29 West 50th Street entrance of 630 Fifth Avenue
The Story of Mankind is a massive carved limestone screen divided into fifteen small rectangular spaces that Lawrie termed “hieroglyphs”.
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Youth Leading Industry

Attilio Piccirilli
Above the main entrance of 636 Fifth Avenue
This bas-relief was cast to capture the energy of a modern future emerging in Italy.
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To Commemorate The Workmen of The Center

Gaston Lachaise
Above 45 Rockefeller Plaza Entrance
After immigrating to America, Gaston Lachaise abandoned his European academic training and began his own artistic explorations, favoring celebrations of the human body.
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The History of Transportation

Dean Cornwell
10 Rockefeller Plaza main lobby
With major commercial air travel taking off after World War II, Dean Cornwell was commissioned to create a mural depicting the advances of transportation.
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The Fountain Of Youth

Ezra A. Winter
Main staircase from grand foyer to first mezzanine, Radio City Music Hall
This enormous mural sweeps up the staircase and overlooks spectacular grand foyer (a space created by the architect Edward Durrell Stone).
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Abolition of War

Jose Maria Sert
North Corridor of 30 Rockefeller Plaza
The first commission Jose Maria Sert received for Rockefeller Center was to paint four murals to decorate the ends of the elevator banks.
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American Progress

Jose Maria Sert
Main Lobby of 30 Rockefeller Plaza
Born in Barcelona, Sert spent his adult life living in Paris and was internationally famous as a mural painter.
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Sound and Light

Lee Lawrie with colorist Leon V. Solon
Above 30 Rockefeller Plaza main entrance
Sound and Light are located to the left and right sides of Lawrie’s celebrated Wisdom.
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Brangwyn's South Corridor

Sir Frank Brangwyn
South Corridor of the main lobby in 30 Rockefeller Plaza
Sir Frank Brangwyn’s four South Corridor murals were commissioned to complement the murals by Jose Maria Sert in the north corridor, although most observers agree this aesthetic bond wasn’t achieved.
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Acts from Vaudeville

Rene Paul Chambellan
Under marquee and above 1260 Avenue of the Americas entrance
These six playful plaques under the marquee on the granite wall are both architectural decorations and introductions to the stage events ahead.
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Radio

Leo Friedlander
Above 50 Rockefeller Plaza main entrance
A native New Yorker, Leo Friedlander studied at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Brussels and Paris and was awarded the Prix de Rome in 1913.
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Pageant of French History

Rene Paul Chambellan
Sixth floor spandrels of the 610 Fifth Avenue Facade
Symbols from four significant events in France’s history illustrate the themes of A Pageant of French History.
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