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Bruce Springsteen at Madame Tussaud’s New York
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Image by InSapphoWeTrust
A rather youthful rendition of Bruce Springsteen, who, along with Jon Bon Jovi, was the key 1980s rock heartthrob from New Jersey.

Springsteen is well known for his very energetic performances, as well as his blue-collar lyrics and political advocacy.

His best-known 1980s hit, "Born in the USA," is often sung by war hawks as a patriotic anthem, though the lyrics are far more critical, written from a point of view of a Vietnam War veteran who had given his youth to fight a questionable foreign war only to be abandoned by the society (the "Born in the USA" cry would be both patriotic – considering how much he had sacrificed for the country – and ironic – considering the country’s failure to support his return to civilian life). Indeed, the mistreatment of Vietnam War veterans, both by the Reagan Administration attempting to slash social services and by the opponents of Vietnam War who blamed the veterans for the war atrocities that had been ordered by the superiors, is one of the biggest black marks in US history, with a very large portion of the US homeless population having been Vietnam War veterans whose post-traumatic stress has never been properly treated.

Madame Tussaud’s – always a tacky tourist trap, but also always a good place to test my portrait photography skills – and my prime lens (35mm f/1.8).

NYC – Rockefeller Center: 30 Rockefeller Plaza – Sound
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Image by wallyg
Sculpted by Lee Lawrie, Sound and Light, was installed over the entrance to the main building of Rockefeller Center, 30 Rockefeller Plaza. The two 5-foot low-relief panels represent the cosmic forces derived from Wisdom, which they flank either side of–Sound to the left, Light to the right. Both are depicted flying out of the clouds towards the viewer and away from Wisdom, extending the monumental sculptural group across the whole entrance.

Lawrie’s art deco carvings on indiana limestone with cast glass and gilding accents herald the arrival of radio (sound) and the motion picture industry and television (light). Sound is depicted as a vibrant, musclar man, his hands cupped around his mouth with circles emanating representing his voice, or radiowaves. Light, with her arms raised, disappearing into infinity, radiates with hair composed of zigzagged lines of black and gold while transmitting images through the air.

German-born Lee Lawrie was well known as an architectural sculptor. His work can be found at St. Thomas Church and throughout Rockefeller Center: Winged Mercury and Heraldic Lions at the British Empire Building; Fleur-de-lis and Seeds of Good Citizenship at La Maison Fran├žaise; Progress at One Rockefeller Plaza; The Story of Mankind, Saint Francis of Assisi, Swords into Plowshares, Columbia Greeting a Woman, Boatman, Fourteen coats of Arms, Corncucopia of Plenty, and most famously, Atlas at the International building.

Rockefeller Center was designated a landmark by the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission in 1985.

In 2007, Rockefeller Center was ranked #56 on the AIA 150 America’s Favorite Architecture list.

Rockefeller Center National Register #87002591

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