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Swords Into Plowshares
Lee Lawrie with colorist Leon V. Solon
American, born Germany. 1877 - 1963
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. The other elements are Columbia Greeting a Woman and Boatman Unfurling a Sail. Next to the gilded intaglio carving of a plowshare with crossed swords are the simple block letters Isaiah II:IV. The use of gold leaf against the gray limestone accentuates the meaning of the message and makes the sculpture more authoritative. The intaglio style means that the carving is level with the surrounding surface, much as a gemstone might be carved.
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