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(Patchogue Post Office Bas Relief Frieze), (sculpture)

Catalog Data

Design firm:
Saldarini & Pucci  Search this
Architect:
Van Pelt, John 1874-1962  Search this
Contractor:
Erickson, R. W.  Search this
Fabricator:
Indian Hill Stone Company  Search this
Medium:
Limestone
Culture:
Indian  Search this
Type:
Sculptures-Outdoor Sculpture
Sculptures-Architectural component
Sculptures-Relief
Sculptures
Owner/Location:
Administered by United States Postal Service New York Field Real Estate & Building Office 90 Church Street New York City New York
Located Patchogue Post Office 170 East Main Street On facade & sides above entry pavilion Patchogue New York
Date:
Ca. 1932
Notes:
Save Outdoor Sculpture, New York survey, 1993.
Image on file.
(Beneath eagle, incised lettering:) E PLURIBUS UNUM
The information provided about this artwork was compiled as part of the Smithsonian American Art Museum's Inventories of American Painting and Sculpture database, designed to provide descriptive and location information on artworks by American artists in public and private collections worldwide.
Summary:
A bas-relief frieze above the entryway of a neoclassically-designed, steel-framed building with a limestone facade. The frieze wraps around the front and sides of the entry pavilion. The front frieze has multiple panels with low-relief scenes of modern modes of transportation by land, sea and air, separated by coins. Included are, from left to right: a steam train and a truck; a zeppelin surrounded by biplanes; and, an ocean-going steamship, also framed in part by planes. Indian and Liberty Head coins, with busts in profile, separate the transportation panels. The side freizes contain geometric, Art Deco patterned panels separated by corner medallions, which feature symbols, perhaps representing the fields of medicine and agriculture. Below the front section of the frieze, above the entry, is a stylized aluminum grille and a clock.
A stylized eagle with a starred and striped shield appears on the front parapet over the frieze.
Topic:
Allegory--Arts & Sciences--Transportation  Search this
Architecture--Vehicle--Train  Search this
Architecture--Vehicle--Truck  Search this
Architecture--Vehicle--Balloon  Search this
Architecture--Vehicle--Airplane  Search this
Architecture--Boat--Steamer  Search this
Object--Other--Money  Search this
Allegory--Arts & Sciences--Medicine  Search this
Allegory--Arts & Sciences--Agriculture  Search this
Animal--Bird--Eagle  Search this
Emblem--Seal  Search this
Ethnic  Search this
Figure male--Bust  Search this
Control number:
IAS NY000470
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_331270