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Lee Lawrie's Architectural Sculpture > The Los Angeles Public Library, by Bertram Grosvenor Goodhue, with Sculpture by Lee Lawrie. by Gregory Harm

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Dec 18, 2011
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Nov 01, 2010
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The Los Angeles Public Library was constructed in 1926, and designed by Betram Grosvenor Goodhue. The architectural sculpture on the building is by Lee Lawrie, who also created the Atlas and more at Rockefeller Center, and the myriad of sculpture at the Nebraska State Capitol.

The Hope Street Entrance features the theme of thought and the book.

The images were suggested by Hartley Burr Alexeander of the University of Nebraska

On the Tunnel Entrance, the sculpture depitcs an early printing press with six great designers of type: Gutenberg, Elzevir, Aldus; Caxton, William Morris, and Bertram Grosvenor Goodhue.

On the Terrace Level an Open Book between figures of the Greek Thinker and the Egyptian Writer are depicted.

On the facade are six leaders of thought; realistic figures rising from the buttresses: Herodotus (History), Virgil (Letters), Socrates (Philosophy), Justinian, (Statecraft) Leonardo Da Vinci (Fine Arts) and Copernicus (Science) Lee Lawrie, Art Deco, Goodhue, Los Angeles, Library, book, philosophy, Science, Statecraft, da Vinci, Copernicus, Gutenberg, Elzevir, Aldus, Caxton, William Morris, Bertram Grosvenor Goodhue, Hartley Burr Alexander.


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