Virginia Women’s Monument: Photo Shoot at StudioEIS

As you might have guessed by now, I'm fascinated by the process of creating sculptures. See, for example, my posts on Clarence Darrow and on King George III, or my series of…

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Blockhouse, Central Park

Manhattan has always been a target, first for its harbor and rivers, then as a commercial center. The British sailed in to grab it from the Dutch. The Dutch briefly…

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Samuel Rea, by Adolph A. Weinman

This essay is adapted from Chapter 20 of Outdoor Monuments of Manhattan: A Historical Guide. I’ve kept cross-references to other chapters in the book, all of which will eventually be updated and…

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Getty Center, Los Angeles: Five Favorites

The Getty Museum opened Pacific Palisades in 1974. In 1982, with a bequest of $1.2 billion from Getty's will, it became the richest museum in the world. The collection of…

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Glory of Commerce by J-F Coutan, Grand Central Terminal

This essay is adapted from Chapter 26 of Outdoor Monuments of Manhattan: A Historical Guide. I’ve kept cross-references to other chapters in the book, all of which will eventually be updated and…

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Marteleur by Constantin-Emile Meunier, Columbia University

Artist: Constantin-Emile Meunier Dedicated: 1914 (sculpted 1884, first exhibited 1886) Medium and size: Bronze (6.6 feet), on a granite pedestal (3.25 feet) by McKim, Mead and White Location: Columbia University,…

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General William Jenkins Worth Monument

Artist: James Goodwin Batterson Dedicated: 1857 Medium & size: granite obelisk, 51 feet tall, with inscriptions and bronze reliefs Location: north end of the triangle formed by Fifth Avenue, Broadway,…

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