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Soar Like an Eagle | by KC Mike Day
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Soar Like an Eagle

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This building once was the New York Life Building back in the late 1800's. Today it stands as the Catholic Chairities building.


Taken from the KC Star …

The signature bronze eagle was designed in the New York studio of Paris’ Ecole des Beaux Arts-trained sculptor Louis St. Gaudens, younger brother of Augustus St. Gaudens. It was cast in a single piece by the Henry Bonnard Bronze Company of New York in 1891. Later that year, “with block and tackle, a team of strong horses and half a dozen strong men, an immense eagle was induced to perch upon the arch over the entrance to the New York Life Building.”


The two-ton eagle, wings outstretched protecting her young symbolized the security the New York Life Insurance Company offered its clients. The bronze sculpture originally cost about $20,000.


I caught the shadows from the sun setting to the West and I think it provides great detail among the giant 10 story building. There were several birds flying around perching themselves in and out of the many places to rest but ultimately I chose this image. Hope you all enjoy. TGIF


Mike D

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Taken on January 16, 2016