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Examples of Art Deco in New York City

Examples of Art Deco

Because of the booming economy and growth in technology during the 1920s, the design elements of Art Deco were luxurious, modern and sophisticated. Let's find some well-known examples of Art Deco which still exist today - in New York City, USA.


Prometheus
Sculptor: Paul Manship
1933
Rockefeller Center, New York City

This is one of the most famous sculptures in New York City - perhaps in the whole world. Prometheus was an ancient Greek god who stole fire from Zeus and gave it to mortals to use. It is located in a plaza called the Rockefeller Centre in front of the GE Building - a skyscraper which is also part of the Art Deco movement.


The Empire State Building
Designer: Gregory Johnson
Completed: 1931
New York City

The Empire State Building is 102-storey Art Deco skyscraper in New York City. The building's opening coincided with the Great Depression in the United States, and as a result much of its office space went unrented. The photos shown are the building itself as well as the inside of the main lobby.



The Chrysler Building
Architect: William Van Alen
1930
New York City

The Chrysler Building is considered a masterpiece of Art Deco architecture. The distinctive exterior of the building is based on features which were then used in Chrysler automobiles. The corners of the 61st floor are graced with eagles - replicas of the 1929 Chrysler hood ornaments. Its distinctive crown at the top of the building is made of stainless steel.

"One of the first uses of stainless steel over a large exposed building surface…The lobby is a modernistic composition of African marble and chrome steel."
Elliot Willensky and Norval White, AIA Guide to New York





Atlas
Sculptor: Lee Lawrie
1937
Rockefeller Center, New York City

The statue of Atlas, like Prometheus, located in the Rockefeller Center in NYC. It faces St. Patrick's Cathedral. Made of bronze, this sculpture represented Atlas - an ancient Greek god who carried the heavens.
Atlas is himself is 15 feet tall, whereas the entire sculpture is 45 feet tall. Lee Lawrie was a German-American architect who created this sculpture in collaboration with Rene Paul Chambellan.

Hope you had fun exploring New York City with me!


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  1. MayMay saidFri, 24 Oct 2008 21:05:25 -0000 ( Link )

    Wonderful collection of art, Tiffany! Keep them coming.

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  2. Arenchiu saidFri, 24 Oct 2008 21:23:49 -0000 ( Link )

    Beautiful Arts, very artistic Tiffany! I would like to see the real things.

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  3. akshaytiwari saidSat, 25 Oct 2008 04:18:00 -0000 ( Link )

    hey, u have published this article of my type.

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  4. delhiite saidMon, 19 Jan 2009 07:20:50 -0000 ( Link )

    A very good article! Thanks Tiffany.

    Some additional information:
    Art Deco was a popular international design movement from 1925 until 1939, affecting the decorative arts such as architecture, interior design, and industrial design, as well as the visual arts such as fashion, painting, the graphic arts and film. The structure of Art Deco is based on mathematical geometric shapes but is purely decorative which was at the time, seen as elegant, functional, and modern. It slowly lost patronage in the West after reaching mass production, when it began to be derided as gaudy and presenting a false image of luxury. However, a resurgence of interest in Art Deco came first in the 1960s, and then again in the 1980s with the growing interest in graphic design.

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