Rockefeller Center Plaza
Natural History special issue
Part of City of Stars photo essay.
Brilliant in gold leaf, Rockefeller Center’s Prometheus floats down from the heavens, genitals covered, holding a fistful of stolen fire. He was a Titan who defied the will of Zeus and brought fire to Earth, helping mortals while risking harsh retribution from the authorities. Prometheus was the first humanitarian and rebel.
Prometheus has yet to reach Earth; a ribbon of zodiacal constellations in bas-relief circles beneath him, with each constellation identified by name along the ribbon’s inner surface.