Thursday, April 12, 2012

Rockefeller Center

The Rockefeller Center complex was built during the Great Depression, providing much needed work for New Yorkers and also reflecting the art style popular during the time. The Rockefeller Center is a complex of 19 commercial buildings in the centre of New York City.

The unique feature within this centre was the idea of incorporating art work throughout parking garages, as well as centralised heating.  

Rockefeller Center represents a turning point in the history of architectural sculpture, being among the last major building projects in the U.S.A. to incorporate a program of integrated public art. Some of the most photographed statues and art work in the city are located around or within this complex, including Prometheus, who brought fire to mankind, taken from Greek mythology. The other famous sculpture, located just outside the Rockefeller Center, is the Ancient Greek Titan Atlas, holding the heavens. 

At the top of the building, the visitor can witness a magnificent view of the city of New York, matched only by its counterpart, i.e. the Empire State Building.  

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