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August 19, 2003

Paul Manship's Prometheus fountain, Rockefeller Center

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More proof that Rockefeller Center has every amenity (see clocks entry): fountains.

At Rockefeller Center in New York City, Paul Manship's Prometheus Fountain (1934) associates the forceful energy of natural elements with business enterprise. As the fountain's inscription states, the mythical titan "brought the fire that hath proved to mortals a means to mighty ends." (Fountains as Propaganda, from Splash and Spectacle exhibit, National Design Museum.

The food down here is expensive for what you get, but having the fountain in the background is great.

See also: Fountains ringing the Plaza that you forget about until you see them again.





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