Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Associated Press Building, Rockefeller Center, New York

The Rockefeller Center in midtown New York is a fantastic place to explore and admire the art deco details. There are over 20 buildings making up the whole centre and it seems each doorway has a decorative relief or panel depicting the intended use of the building.

A case in point is the huge stainless steel panel above the entrance of the Associated Press Building called News. The panel depicts workers involved in activities related to producing newspapers and magazines. It was created by Isamu Noguchi and dates from 1938-40.

News (detail) by Isamu Noguchi, Associated Press Building, Rockefeller Center, NYCThe whole panel is at least 5 metres tall with my picture only showing the top half. I love the photographer in the top left and the effect I’ve achieved by zooming in on the detail of the sculpture which I think sharpens the overall effect of Noguchi’s work.

Clicking on the pic will open a new flickr window to so you can view a bigger version.

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