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Bronze Panels

Artist:

Thomas M. James

Location:

75/101 Franklin St.  

Location

75/101 Franklin St.
United States
42° 21' 19.89" N, 71° 3' 27.432" W

Neighborhood:

Downtown

Type:

Relief sculpture

Year:

1929

Medium:

Bronze

Collection:

Private property

Funders:

Unknown

Description:

Completed in 1929, the Art Deco-style building at 75 Federal Street was expanded in the 1980s, hence the building’s double address. These original bronze panels on the 1929 building’s façade depict human accomplishments in such areas as agriculture, manufacturing, and architecture. Inside, the building’s lobby is lavishly decorated, with yellow and black marble surfaces, gilded elevator doors, and coordinated light fixtures.

Art Deco design developed in France and originally featured natural motifs, such as geometrical patterns of leaves and flowers. However, as artists in other countries adopted the style, they also altered it to fit the modern and industrial urban environment. With their streamlined, linear forms and emphasis on modern technology, these panels give Art Deco a distinctly American twist.

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