This beautiful Art Deco sculpture has become one of those lasting icons that are associated with New York City. Created by sculptor Lee Lawrie and installed at Rockefeller Center in 1937, The sculpture depicts Atlas holding up the heavens.
According to mythology, the Titans, the older gods, fought the Olympians, a younger generation of gods, in a ten-year series of battles known as the War of the Titans. When the Olympians came out victorious, Atlas, a Titan, was condemned to hold up the heavens for eternity.
If you’re a fan of television, you may have seen this work of art on 30 Rock, where it’s been shown many times. If you’re a reader, you may have seen an artistic rendering of it on the cover of Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged. Atlas is is a fitting image to represent the strength and power of New York City.
This photo was taken in 2004 from the Circle Line Tour, a sightseeing cruise around Manhattan. It was my first trip to the city and I enjoyed our visit. Of course, New York City has so much to see and do that one could make many trips and never see it all.
We did most of the touristy stuff- Juniors Cheesecake in Grand Central Station, Oysters at 42nd Street Oyster Bar, MOMA, Central Park, the Delacorte Clock, and much more. It’s a wonderful city with much to offer.
We had the opportunity to spend a couple days exploring New York City a few years ago. I had the best tour guide ever; my wife is from Long Island and worked for a while in Manhattan, so she knew exactly where to take me.
One of our stops was at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. I love museums and the Met is probably the best museum I’ve ever visited. We could have spent days there but we only had a few hours. If we make it back to New York City, another trip to the Met is a must.
This photo is the Charles Engelhard Court in the North Wing. I love how the shadows from the modern glass enclosure fall across the classical facade of the entrance. I also like that they brought a little nature into the museum with the grass and shrubbery and natural light. You can sit in what amounts to a tiny park inside the museum and enjoy the beautiful artwork.