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Henry C. Turner Medal for Notable Achievement in the Concrete Industry (obverse)

1927 Anthony de Francisci Born: Palermo, Italy 1887 Died: New York, New York 1964 cast lead 2 1/2 in. (6.4 cm) diam. octagonal Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Mrs. Anthony de Francisci 1966.51.51 Not currently on view


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This medal appears to show the obverse of the Henry C. Turner Medal for Notable Achievement in the Concrete Industry (see 1966.51.52). Henry Chandlee Turner created the Turner Construction Company in 1902. He was interested in experimenting with the possibilities of reinforced concrete and was president of the American Concrete Institute during the early 1920s. Anthony de Francisci’s artist’s sample shows one of two proposed designs for the obverse of the medal (see also 1966.51.63). The buildings behind the allegorical figure represent the cityscape made possible through innovations in concrete technology, which is symbolized by the giant cement mixer to the figure’s left.

Keywords

Allegory - arts and sciences - chemistry

Allegory - arts and sciences - industry

Figure female - full length

Landscape - celestial - sun

sculpture - medal-sample

metal - lead

cast

About Anthony de Francisci

Born: Palermo, Italy 1887 Died: New York, New York 1964

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