Interesting Places I've Photographed
Prometheus Fountain/Skating Rink
New York, NY
GPS: N40° 45.522; W073° 58.713
The iconic Prometheus Fountain overlooking the Skating Rink is at the heart of Rockefeller Center in midtown Manhattan. It's the place to see and be seen in New York City.
Rockefeller Center is a complex of nineteen buildings covering 22 acres between 48th and 51st Streets and 5th and 6th Avenues. Construction Construction of the original 14 Art Deco style buildings began on May 17, 1930 and was completed in 1939. In the center of the complex is the skating rink with the monumental gilded bronze statue of Prometheus overlooking the skaters. The statue is set in the middle of a fountain and in front red granite wall.
The sculpture by Paul Manship was dedicated on January 9, 1934. It depicts the Greek mythological Titan, Prometheus, in flight bringing fire from heaven to earth. An inscription in gold lettering on the red granite wall is taken from Aeschylus:
PROMETHEUS, TEACHER IN EVERY ART, BROUGHT THE FIRE
THAT HATH PROVED TO MORTALS A MEANS TO MIGHTY ENDS