"Day and Night"
1910 - Penn Station, NYC; 1968 - Kansas City, Missouri
Originally one of four sculpture groups designed and carved by Adolph A. Weinman in 1910 for installation above the four cardinal entrance ways at the Pennsylvania Railroad Station in New York City. Allegorical figures representing "Day" and "Night" were located on either side of a large clock (approx. 5 ft. diameter). Wienman was a German-born sculptor educated in New York along side August Saint-Gaudens and apprentice to Daniel Chester French (seated Lincoln at Lincoln Memorial in Washington DC). Other major works designed by Weinman include: courtroom friezes in the US Supreme Court, pediment sculptures for the Brooklyn Museum and Jefferson Memorial.
Yet another Kansas City connection to the architecture firm of McKim, Mead, & White. Penn Station was designed and constructed in 1910 as facsimile of the ancient Roman Baths of Caracalla; it was considered a MMW masterpiece, yet was razed in 1963. Famously, over the last thirty-odd years, a variety of the carved elements have been discovered within the multitude of salvage yards into which they were strewn across America.
"Day and Night," now The Eagle Scout Memorial Fountain in Kansas City. During the 1960's, more Eagle Scouts were achieved in Kansas City than anywhere else in the country.
"Night." I love the wings on each side of her head.
Poppies symbolize sleep. Eternal sleep.
A winged hour-glass centered over the location of the clock.
(Because of rail transit, I guess time really did begin to fly.)