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Mankind Figures (Maiden and Youth)
American. 1885 - 1966
Flanking the staircase to the Lower Plaza
Manship created these heroic-sized figures in 1933 to flank the golden Titan Prometheus. At the time they were gilded and stood on granite shelves. Manship wasn’t happy with the installation and had the figures placed on others sites, but eventually they were removed and stored on the roof garden of the British Empire Building until 1983, when they were rescued from oblivion, restored, and given a traditional brown patina. They were first moved to the skating rink and then, in 2001, moved to their current location near the staircase, announcing Prometheus.
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