Prometheus at Rockefeller Center, by Paul Manship

This essay is adapted from Chapter 28 of Outdoor Monuments of Manhattan: A Historical Guide.  I’ve kept cross-references to other chapters in the book. Outdoor Monuments has been “translated” into a fabulous app that you can enjoy on your phone or tablet for the … Continue reading

Clodion’s Balloon Monument (Metropolitan Museum Favorites, 19)

Even in an era when scientific discoveries were being made with astonishing rapidity, man’s first piloted flight in 1783 ranked as an awe-inspiring event. The Montgolfier brothers began experimenting with balloon flight in southeast France during the summer of 1782. … Continue reading