Friday, December 21, 2007

Masonic Manhattan: The Hierarchy

See previous posts for explanation. The Fire/Sun god overlooking the skating rink reminds me of the symbolism Lewis used in The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe. Above Prometheus/Mithras/Horus' head is TGAOTU. I do believe the whole tableau is meant to be seen from that worm eye's view included below.

My question is did the Rockefellers have any idea what they were signing off on when they commissioned this artwork? My gut says no. This type of imagery was very popular at the time- in future posts we'll look at the '39 World's Fair. The artists and architects would certainly understand what they were saying, but all the plutocrats who commissioned work like this throughout New York probably didn't care all that much. Their main concern was probably that the art looked classy and Romanesque so it could be a testament to their wealth and power. I can't think of anything the Rockie's or anyone else for that matter put up using this kind of symbolic art once it became unfashionable. Well, maybe Trump and his nymphs (see Doonesbury for more on that).

When archaeologists are puzzled by how the Egyptians could build the Great Pyramids and then a hundred years or so later built crummy pyramids that started falling apart before they were finished, they need look no further than New York. In the 20's and 30's you saw magnificent buildings like Rockefeller Center and the Chrysler Building and then after the war you saw a bunch of retarded-looking glass boxes that seem to be inspired by crossword puzzles. Things can degenerate astonishingly quickly, particularly in our super-heated modern culture. Look at the churches built in the 19th Century and Soviet-looking brick boxes they put up in the 20th.

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