In the late 1920s, Joseph Freedlander was asked by the City of New York to design a series of bronze light posts for Fifth Avenue. The first, completed in 1931, was installed at 41st and Fifth, and 103 others followed between 8th and 59th Streets.
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Joseph Freelander
"Mercury" Bronze New York City Sculpture American Art Deco WPA

1930s/40s

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In the late 1920s, Joseph Freedlander was asked by the City of New York to design a series of bronze light posts for Fifth Avenue. The first, completed in 1931, was installed at 41st and Fifth, and 103 others followed between 8th and 59th Streets. Each traffic light was topped by a bronze statuette of Mercury. In the late 20th century, only several survived, two at the Museum of the City of New York, one in the offices of the Fifth Avenue Association, and a few in private collections. If you go to the New York Times site and plug in Joseph Freelander Mercury, a detailed story by Christopher Gray will come up. The provenance of the sculpture is extraordinary,

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  • Artist
    Joseph Freelander (1870 - 1943, American)
  • Creation Year
    1930s/40s
  • Medium
  • Dimensions
    H 18 in. x W 9 in. x D 6 in.H 45.72 cm x W 22.86 cm x D 15.24 cm
  • Gallery Location
    New York, NY
  • Reference Number
    LU115625102402
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