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1943 Mahonri Young Born: Salt Lake City, Utah 1877 Died: Norwalk, Connecticut 1957 Medallic Art Company (Founder) Society of Medallic Arts (Commissioner) bronze 2 7/8 in. (7.3 cm) diam. Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of the heirs of Albert Laessle: Mrs. Albertine de Bempt Laessle, Mr. Albert M. Laessle and Mr. Paul Laessle 1972.167.32 Not currently on view


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Mahonri Young’s images of riggers and riveters reflect his sympathies for America’s laborers as well as the nation’s pride in the most visible symbol of the “American Century,” the skyscraper. Throughout the interwar years, illustrators, advertisers, and fine artists depicted the high-altitude rodeo of sinewy, courageous men riding girders lifted high in the sky. The symbolism carried over into the Second World War, when the nation’s industrial might provided the best hope of defeating the Axis powers.

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Figure group - male

Occupation - industry - construction

sculpture - medal

metal - bronze

relief

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Born: Salt Lake City, Utah 1877 Died: Norwalk, Connecticut 1957

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