The Heavens

  • Solon H. Borglum, The Heavens, 1913-1917, bronze, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Monica B. Davies and Paul Borglum in memory of Mrs. M. Nash Bly, 1968.127

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The Heavens, along with three other works representing earth, water, and man, was commissioned for the National Geographic Society in New York. Solon Borglum and three other sculptors were involved, including his brother Gutzon. World War I interrupted the project and it was never completed, but Borglum made this smaller bronze version as well as a larger plaster version, which has since disappeared. Representing the heavens, a male figure emerges from the planets and clouds, looking back to acknowledge his creation.

Title
The Heavens
Artist
Date
1913-1917
On View
Dimensions
40 3/8 x 12 3/8 x 16 3/4 in. (102.6 x 31.5 x 42.5 cm)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of Monica B. Davies and Paul Borglum in memory of Mrs. M. Nash Bly

Mediums
Mediums Description
bronze
Classifications
Keywords
  • Allegory – element – earth
  • Figure male – nude
  • Figure male – full length
  • Allegory – religion – heaven
Object Number
1968.127
Palette
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