Monday, May 19, 2014

Art Deco Bas-Relief Sculptures: Radio & Television - Rockefeller Center, NY, NY

 Leo Friedlander

Short Description:

Radio is located above the 50th Street Entrance to 30 Rockefeller Plaza and Television is located on the 49th Street entrance to 30 Rockefeller Plaza.

Long Description:

Radio and Television comprise a set of four companion heroic size bas-relief allegorical sculptures created by Leo Friedlander  and installed in 1934 above the marquees of the opposite entrances to the General Electric building in Rockefeller Center.  Each limestone sculpture is 15' high and 10' wide.  Each consists of two separated but related panels.

GPS: N40° 45.567 W73° 58.767

GPS: N40° 45.537; W73° 58.793

Transmission - Reception
The left panel of Radio represents transmission sound and the right panel represents reception of sound.  The left panel of Radio  has three smaller nude figures standing a an elevated platform. They singing to a   larger larger nude figure, who represents the transmission of radio signals.  On the right side of Radio   is a large female figure and two small male figures, representing Mother Earth and her people receiving radio signals.

Transmission - Reception
The left panel of Television represents transmission images and the right panel represents reception of images.  The left side panel depicts a large female figure representing Transmission raising her arms before a group of smaller nude female figures who are dancing. The right panel, representing Reception, shows nude female figure holding tiny dancing figure in her hand in front of a seated female figure with her child on her lap.

1 comment:

  1. Thanks you for posting these images ... I hope you don't mind that I have used them on a post about sculptor Leo Friedlander. My own images are all in unscanned slides I'll have to shoot anew on next trip to NYC.

    The blogpost is here:

    I'll also cross post it to my blog "Public Art and Memory"

    Glad to have found your images and will continue to follow your blog.