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Both Descending Night and its companion piece, Rising Sun, were sculpted by Weinman for two outdoor fountains in the Court of the Universe at the Panama-Pacific International Exposition of 1915. The Fountain of the Rising Sun was at the east end of the sunken garden designed by McKim, Mead and White, while Descending Night graced The Fountain of the Setting Sun at the west end. Weinman used symbolism typical of art nouveau work, the youth in Rising Sun with winged arms outstretched, poised as if to launch into flight, while this figure suggests the closing in of night in its...
Created by: Weinman, A.A.
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Born in Germany, Adolph Alexander Weinman immigrated to the United States with his mother when he was 10. As a young man, he studied at the Art Students League under the premiere American sculptor of the time, Augustus Saint-Gaudens. His first professional acclaim came in 1904 with The Destiny of the Red Man, featured that year at the Louisiana Purchase Exposition in St. Louis and currently on display on our grounds. Weinman came to specialize in architectural sculpture, as in Rising Sun and its companion piece, Descending Night, both of which were commissioned by the architectural firm of McKim, Mead...
Created by: Weinman, A.A.
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