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Maquette for Eagle

ca. 1962-1966 Theodore Roszak Born: Poznan, Poland 1907 Died: New York, New York 1981 cut and soldered brass mounted on wood base 12 1/2 x 34 3/4 x 9 1/4 in. (31.6 x 88.2 x 23.6 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Transfer from the General Services Administration, Art-in-Architecture Program 1980.128.15 Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 4th Floor, 51A

Luce Center Label

Theodore Roszak received one of the earliest commissions from the General Services Administration’s Art-in-Architecture Program to make Eagle for the U.S. Customs Court in Foley Square, New York. Under this program, the GSA set aside one half of one percent of the construction budget for new federal buildings to purchase public works of art. Roszak had already created a large eagle for the newly constructed U.S. Embassy in London in 1960. Although some English viewers complained that the metal bird, with its thirty-five-foot wingspan, was a “blatant monstrosity” and too large for the building, criticism quickly died down after the sculpture’s installation. Despite the controversy, Roszak was brought back to create a similar piece---for which this maquette is a study---to be installed in the U.S. Customs Appellate Courtroom.


Animal - bird - eagle

Study - sculpture model

General Services Administration

sculpture - maquette

metal - brass


About Theodore Roszak

Born: Poznan, Poland 1907 Died: New York, New York 1981

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