27 August 2011

Spirit of Life casts art deco shadow in downtown Syracuse

The headquarters of the Niagara Mohawk electrical power company in Syracuse, New York, embodied art deco design when built in 1932. Six floors above the entrance is the sculpture “Spirit of Light,” which emanates, like wings, from his outstretched arms of stainless steel. The building, considerably less polished today, is an asset of National Grid plc, a multinational utility based in London, but still invokes for me visions of Aryan supremacy as imagined by the late Lini Riefenstahl, the film director, actress and dancer who helped craft the aesthetics of the Hitler's Third Reich.

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