Iron Workers Sculpture

Photo of Iron Workers Sculpture : the photography

1932 Rockefeller Center
Iron Workers
Lunch Time
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Sculpture by Sergio… 19…

(That’s all I can see about the sculpture which was on top of a truck near Union Square)

Photograph (1999) of sculpture (19–) based on photograph taken in 1932

I wonder whether there’s ever been a time

When technology changed so much

In 78 years?

BACKGROUND INFORMATION: Lunch atop a Skyscraper (New York Construction Workers Lunching on a Crossbeam) is a famous photograph taken by Charles C. Ebbets during construction of the GE Building at Rockefeller Center in 1932.

The photograph depicts 11 men eating lunch, seated on a girder with their feet dangling hundreds of feet above the New York City streets. Ebbets took the photo on September 29, 1932, and it appeared in the New York Herald Tribune in its Sunday photo supplement on October 2. Taken on the 69th floor of the GE Building during the last several months of construction, the photo Resting on a Girder shows the same workers napping on the beam.

The copyright owner of the photograph, the Bettman Archive, did not recognize Charles C. Ebbets as the photographer until October 2003 (reportedly after months of investigation by a private investigation firm).[1] Many posters and prints of the photograph continue to list the artist as ‘unknown.’

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Professional fine art photographer, living and working in New York. The photography store, where I specialize in black and white photography, along with infrared photography has been online since 1999.

  • http://christianharkness.tripod.com/ christian

    Cool photo of a cool sculpture. I have a friend who took a photo of the sculpture right after 9/11 with ‘hard hats’ eating their lunch, sitting amongst the sculptured workers. Since the sculpture is apparently life size, it made for a great b&w photo.

  • http://www.beckermanphoto.com/ dave beckerman

    FYI Lunch atop a Skyscraper (New York Construction Workers Lunching on a Crossbeam) is a famous photograph taken by Charles C. Ebbets during construction of the GE Building at Rockefeller Center in 1932.

    The photograph depicts 11 men eating lunch, seated on a girder with their feet dangling hundreds of feet above the New York City streets. Ebbets took the photo on September 29, 1932, and it appeared in the New York Herald Tribune in its Sunday photo supplement on October 2. Taken on the 69th floor of the GE Building during the last several months of construction, the photo Resting on a Girder shows the same workers napping on the beam.

    The copyright owner of the photograph, the Bettman Archive, did not recognize Charles C. Ebbets as the photographer until October 2003 (reportedly after months of investigation by a private investigation firm).[1] Many posters and prints of the photograph continue to list the artist as ‘unknown.’

  • Stan Schwartz

    In the summer of 2006, my wife and I were in SOHO and saw the sculpture on top of a pickup truck. The artist was selling small miniatures of each individual Iron worker along with a Steel Beam, in which I purchased 2 of the sculptures. Does anyone know the artists name and is he still creating the figures?

  • Robert & Dolores Magee

    The steelworker in the very center is Joe Geraghty, Granddaughters in Erie, Pa. and a niece in Hammondsport, NY. Joe was also photographed sitting on the antenna on the very top of the Empire State Building the day of its installation

  • MikeHughes

    5th from the left , that’s my Grandfather Charles Vincent Hughes gang boss steel workers ESB 1929

  • Endorfina

    Sergio Furnari 2001
    http://www.sergiofurnari.com/