Man Controlling Trade (Model, Federal Trade Commission Building)

  • Michael Lantz, Man Controlling Trade (Model, Federal Trade Commission Building), 1937, cast 1939, plaster, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of the artist, 1983.30

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In 1938, Michael Lantz won the competition to design two sculptures for the Apex Building, home of the Federal Trade Commission in Washington, D.C. The widely publicized “Apex Competition” was the largest American sculpture competition ever held, receiving almost five hundred models from more than two hundred artists. Lantz submitted small models of his designs, each showing a heroic figure straining to control a powerful horse. The final, seventeen-foot-long statues were completed in 1942 and installed outside the eastern entrance of the Federal Trade Commission building, where they can be seen today.

Title
Man Controlling Trade (Model, Federal Trade Commission Building)
Artist
Date
1937, cast 1939
On View
Dimensions
14 3/4 x 17 3/8 x 7 1/2 in. (37.5 x 44.2 x 19.2 cm)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of the artist

Mediums
Mediums Description
plaster
Classifications
Keywords
  • Figure male – full length
  • Study – sculpture model
  • Animal – horse
  • Allegory – other – trade
Object Number
1983.30
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Man Controlling Trade (Model, Federal Trade Commission Building)
1937, cast 1939, plaster

MICHAEL LANTZ
Born: New Rochelle, New York 1908– Died: New London, Connecticut 1988