Look Up: Sticking It to the Greeks on Lexington Avenue

Borrowing heavily from Greek forms, but without restricting himself to their rules and patterns, Corbett managed to create a modern structure using historic elements. Above the limestone base there’s a frieze replicating the original on the Parthenon. Rather than make the ornaments appear new, Corbett took casts of the damaged headless horses and riders from deteriorated sculptures at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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