OOS Sculpture

Of Commerce and Industry

1910 / Daniel Chester French / Cleveland

Commerce 2.JPG

A semicircular base that supports three figures. The main figure in the center is an anthropomorphism of Commerce. She is dressed in a strapless robe that is belted at the waist. Her left arm rests on a globe that sits atop a simple column. Her right foot is planted on top of a shipping crate, and her right arm cradles a small boat. The long. heavy robes of Commerce further symbolize her wealth and power.

Below the globe on her left side, crouches a nude male figure representing steam. He clutches a wheel in one arm and shields his face with the other. On the other side of the throne, is a nude female figure representing electricity. Electricity has her arms raised in a protective manner, and in her right hand she holds a magnet. To her left is a small generator.

Location: Howard M. Metzenbaum U.S. Courthouse, 1000 Superior Avenue

County

: Cuyahoga

Citation

: Daniel Chester French, “Of Commerce and Industry,” Ohio Outdoor Sculpture , accessed July 5, 2022, https://oos.sculpturecenter.org/items/show/98.

Title

Of Commerce and Industry

Description

A semicircular base that supports three figures. The main figure in the center is an anthropomorphism of Commerce. She is dressed in a strapless robe that is belted at the waist. Her left arm rests on a globe that sits atop a simple column. Her right foot is planted on top of a shipping crate, and her right arm cradles a small boat. The long. heavy robes of Commerce further symbolize her wealth and power.

Below the globe on her left side, crouches a nude male figure representing steam. He clutches a wheel in one arm and shields his face with the other. On the other side of the throne, is a nude female figure representing electricity. Electricity has her arms raised in a protective manner, and in her right hand she holds a magnet. To her left is a small generator.

Date

1910

Publisher

Ohio Outdoor Sculpture

Identifier

98

Location City

Location County

Location Street

1000 Superior Avenue

Location Type

Media Base Di

21 feet, 9 inches

Media Sculpture Height

12 feet, 9 inches

Media Base Height

11 feet, 7 inches

Creation Date

1910

Materials

Condition Rating

unknown