Riggers

  • Mahonri Young, Riggers, 1943, bronze, 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

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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.

Title
Riggers
Artist
Commissioner
Founder
Date
1943
Location
Not on view
Dimensions
2 7/8 in. (7.3 cm) diam.
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of the heirs of Albert Laessle: Mrs. Albertine de Bempt Laessle, Mr. Albert M. Laessle and Mr. Paul Laessle

Mediums
Mediums Description
bronze
Classifications
Keywords
  • Figure group – male
  • Occupation – industry – construction
Object Number
1972.167.32
Palette
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