Back to Art
American. 1885 - 1966
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. Created by famed American sculptor Paul Manship, who held a great fascination for mythological subjects and events, it has become the main attraction of the Lower Plaza. Its central theme is best stated by the quote that’s carved in the red granite wall behind him, taken from the sixth-century B.C. Greek dramatist Aeschylus: “Prometheus, Teacher in Every Art, Brought the Fire That Hath Proved to Mortals a Means to Mighty Ends.”
The Center Newsletter
Receive news and updates about current and future exhibitions, learn about gallery openings, get special offers, and more.
Rockefeller Center History
Over 100 years ago, John D. Rockefeller Jr. had a vision to create a “city within a city,” and the story of how Rockefeller Center came to be is a fascinating one.Learn About Our History
Rockefeller Center brings art to everyone with installations throughout our campus.
Rockefeller Center Tour
Get a unique look at a place unlike any other. Learn about this historic landmark’s architecture, art, and more.