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International Building

International Building (93)

With 41 floors and at 156 metres high, the International Building seems to be the little brother of GE and houses the headquarters of several international companies and even several consulates.

However, besides its Greek marble clad and unique and beautiful art deco reliefs in the lobby, probably the highlight of this building is the famous statue of Atlas on the Fifth Avenue side, opposite Saint Patrick's Cathedral. It is certainly one of the photos that you cannot leave out of your New York City album.

It installed here in 1937, it is a beautiful art deco bronze work that symbolises the ancient Greek Titan holding the sky by sculptor Lee Lawrie in collaboration with Rene Paul Chambellan. With its seven tonnes and nearly 14 metres in overall height it is the largest sculpture in the Rockefeller Center and one of the symbols of the complex. You may also be interested to know that the north-south axis of the dial points directly to the Polar Star, as seen from New York, of course.

If you've been walking around the Rockefeller Center, it is a good idea to now go to Saint Patrick's Cathedral. If not, go straight to the Lower Plaza, where you will see another side of the International Building, with an exceptional work also signed by Lee Lawrie.

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