Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Rockin' Fella

This carving by Lee Lawrie in 1933 is above the entrance to the British Empire Building at Rockefeller Center. Mercury was used to symbolize Britain's global power in the 1930's. He is carrying a caduceus, the staff of ancient heralds.

The sun motif illustrates the motto 'The sun never sets on the British Empire'. Oops.

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