Another one from our recent trip to Rockefeller Center.
Boatman Unfurling a Sail by Lee Oscar Lawrie, 1937.
This bas-relief limestone allegorical sculpture is located at the 19 West 50th Street entrance to the International Building. The boatman is working on the ship’s sails with the ship representing freedom. In the background are waves, represent the ocean, and the skyscrapers of New York.
Along with ‘Columbia greeting a woman‘ and ‘Swords into Plowshares‘ this panel forms part of a tryptch created by Lee Lawrie as an appeal for world peace. It depicts a brawny boatman at work on his ship, which symbolizes the means to freedom.
For more information on the tryptch see “The Way to ‘World Peace’”