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Lee Lawrie's Architectural Sculpture > Louisiana State Capitol featuring sculpture by Lee Lawrie, Ulric Ellerhusen and others by Gregory Harm

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Gregory Harm Gregory Harm
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1.81 Gigapixels
Date added
Sep 28, 2010
Date taken
Sep 28, 2010

This pano was shot free-handed, so there are a couple of gaps, but you should be able to see details of the tower, including spandrels just below the observation deck featuring Pelicans, and slightly below them, Louisiana Wildlife, featuring Raccoons, Crayfish and Mink.

The Entry Portal if framed by Lee Lawrie's Art Deco depiction of the Economy and Resources of the State. He chose to work in a style that was nearly Assyrian or Egyptian in style, using characters with their legs planted one in front of the other, and their shoulders nearly perpendicular to the viewer.

He illustrated the Economy and Resources of the state symbolized by beautiful limestone carved Art Deco images of Loggers, Cane Cutters, Ships, Trucks, Trains, Steamboats, Cotton Pickers, Fishermen, Coins representing the former Mint, plus Education, the Supreme Court, Religion, Music, Drama, Communication, Livestock, River transportation in the form of a steamboat, and Agriculture, including bales of cotton stacked for shipment.

Above the entrance is a frieze depicting the Dominions of Louisiana. Each figure represents a nation and its coat of arms. The series begins with an American Indian woman, over a shield depicting the morning sun and the evening star. Lawrie used these same symbols in his work on the Nebraska Captol poly chromed Senate Doors.

Spain is depicted holding a miniature of the Cabildo, where the Louisiana Purchase was signed; a female figure representing the United States, one representing the Confederacy, a Frenchman, and an Indaina Man, standing over a shield featuring a Thunderird.

The top of the building is called the Temple, and was designed by Lawrie, although the Angelic/Spirit figures are attributed to Ulric Ellerhusen. Both Lawrie and Ellerhusen would go on within the next five years to create their works at Rockefeller Center, including Lawrie's most recognizable piece, "The Atlas" which he co-created with Rene Chambellan.

The corners of the Temple are flanked with marvelous Art Deco Eagles, somewhat similar in style to those Lawrie used on the Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Bridge in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, that he completed a few years earlier.

Note: the software truncated a section of the East wing of the building. It is actually symmetrical.

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