Saturday, December 5, 2015

The Weekend In Black and White

As promised in yesterday's post, here's Lee Lawrie's
Art Deco statue of Atlas.  It's four stories tall, 
weighs 7 tons—and when it was unveiled in 1937
some folks complained; they thought the face looked 

bit too much like Benito Mussolini (actually, it does).

[To see more b/w pics, visit Dragonstar's meme.]


  1. A lovely photo.

    Visiting from BLACK AND WHITE WEEKEND.

  2. Great shot. I love the way the dark curves of the statue contrast with the pale lines of the cathedral.

  3. Beautiful in BW. Good point of view, too.

  4. Beautiful in BW. Good point of view, too.

  5. Some interesting contrasts of old and new here. Stone age and bronze age. Neo-Gothic style and art deco. Ancient Greek mythology and Christianity...

    That Mussolini reference has me wondering if, rather than a white artist smock, Lawrie worked on this sculpture while wearing a blackshirt.

    A little know fact is that at its unveiling the globe held by Atlas looked much like this. But you know what happened when they looked across the street.


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