Joseph E. Renier's Plaster Statue "Speed" at the 1939 New York World's Fair Court of Communications Building (New York, NY)
"Modern Equestrian Group - Symbol of the breath-taking speed of today's methods of communication."
"It will be a Brobdinagian world of art that the hypothetical millions wander in when the fair opens next spring. Forty-five feet high will tower the central figure of Wallace Stevens' Tree of Life, executed in wood, while Robert Foster's steel abstraction, Textiles, polychromed with rubber base paint, will stand 30 feet high. Heroic in scale the Baboon fountain of Marshall Fredericks, the stylized Speed of Joseph Renier, Gleb Derujinsky's Europa and Joseph Kiselewski's giant sun dial 38 feet high and 140 feet wide. Crowning the sculptures, quantitatively, are the 48 medallions of C. Paul Jennewein for the four 65-foot pylons." -- Elizabeth McCausland, "Preview: World's Fair Murals and Sculptures," Parnassus, Vol. 10, No. 7 (Dec., 1938), p. 6.
Photo by Joseph R. Vilella.
280 mm x 354 mm