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Diamond Jubilee Medal, The American Society of Mechanical Engineers

1954 Joseph E. Renier Born: Union Hill, New Jersey 1887 Died: New York, New York 1966 Medallic Art Company (Founder) bronze 2 in. (5.1 cm.) diam. Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Mrs. Joseph Renier 1967.93.54 Not currently on view


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The American Society of Mechanical Engineers organized in 1880 to promote standards in modern industrial technology. The Diamond Jubilee was a weeklong meeting held in 1955 to celebrate the society’s seventy-fifth anniversary. The globe seen on Joseph Renier’s medal illustrates the theme of the meeting, “The Engineer and the World of Science,” while the entire composition evokes the Greek mathematician Archimedes, who boasted, “Give me a fulcrum and I shall lift the world.”

Keywords

Figure - fragment - hand

Object - art tool - chisel

Object - other - globe

Occupation - industry - engineering

sculpture - medal

metal - bronze

relief

About Joseph E. Renier

Born: Union Hill, New Jersey 1887 Died: New York, New York 1966

About Medallic Art Company

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