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New York City West Side (Miller) Highway Architectural "1664" plaque

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Seller: urbansculptures (717) 100%, Location: Iowa, Ships to: US, Item: 252641787321 Inspired by a cast-iron original from the West Side Highway in... New York City, ~ I present ~ Seal of New York 1664 Nr 1664 Cast and finishedby Randall Randall is an art scholarship recipient of Iowa Central Community College. Photo of casts with the dirty bronze and dirty nickel finishes General information Shipping ORDER SIZE: Nominal 18" diameter, 1-1/2" deep WEIGHT:29#. HISTORY of the design The official, original charter Seal of the City of New York, from the old West Side (Miller) elevated highway. In the late 1920s, the Art Commission of the City of New York commissioned Rene Paul Chambellan (1893-1955), a well known sculptor and architect, to produce models for cast iron replicas of five City Seals from different eras in New York City history. The seals were used as decorative detail on the walls of the elevated West Side Highway, which opened in 1937 and ran from Canal Street to 72nd Street. While Chambellan made the physical models for the city, the "1664" design itself was the standard one used by the city on all municipal buildings- police, fire, public schools, and on badges, stationary etc The "Seal of the Province of New York" was adopted in 1669, five years after the Dutch surrendered New Amsterdam to the British. The British renamed the city "New York" for James, Duke of York, to whom the province had been granted by King Charles II. At the center of the seal is the coat of arms of the house of Stuart. The words encircling the coat of arms are the motto of the Order of the Garter, the highest order of British knighthood, and translate "Evil to him who evil thinks." The words along the exterior translate as "Seal of the Province of New York." The word "EBORAC" is Latin for "York," meaning "place at the water." The "Seal of the City of New York," was officially adopted in 1915. The original highway had approximately 5,000 of the iron medallions on the exterior guard walls and ramps spaced about 10 feet apart on both sides (see photo) the City Store was selling salvaged originals back in the 1980s for about $125, since there were so many of them, occasionally they come up for sale for an average of $350-$500, if you see any priced higher than about $650 keep looking because I've seen them sell at auctions for under $300. As a teen in the 70s I had about 30 of the original iron seals, back then the highway was closed and demolition began around 1979 in stages, I used to go up periodically and unbolt one and haul it home on my bike! Meanwhile, if you like and appreciate the design, and do not want to try to hang a piece of cast-iron that weighs over 70# on your wall, (they do not have normal hanging provisions on them) my cast stone casts are a much easier to deal with 29# or less and come ready to hang and in your choice of several finishes. Recent comments from clients; "I received the plaque last Friday. It was beautifully made and richly detailed. You did an amazing job and I thank you. A quick question please: Though it is premature at the moment, do you accept commisions for other work.?" "I just opened mine and it looks great! Wow! was it ever heavy." "Sorry that I have not sent this sooner - the sculpture arrived and it is beautiful - I cannot wait to have it in place an have a picture sent to you - I will make you proud of me for my selection of placement and showcasing your fine work of art!!!!" "The Picaud arrived on Friday at 3pm, (UK time) which was unbelievably quick. The crate was very well made and the Picaud panel arrived unscathed. The panel is absolutely beautiful and I am really thrilled to have it in the living room.I enclose a photo of our art deco living room with your panel in place. Many thanks again for such a great service (quality of the panel,the promptness of your responses to my emails and the solidity of the packaging). I am very happy. Veronique" "Hi Randall! Wow!!! The plaque arrived last week, perfect inside your exquisitely-made crate. The plaque looks super and am hanging it today above my fireplace. I'm going to take a queue from the picture you had on your site, and fabricate a frame similar to the one of the individual who included that lighting recess. It should make your wonderful relief work really stand out! If I didn't already have my walls all full, I'd purchase each of the three plaque series of that machine age-look reliefs.Your welcome to use this email as another testimonial, as you fabricate some knock-out products!! -Ken M, a happy camper, La Mesa California 4/19/09" Molds made of my clay models enable clients to purchase interior cast-stone, or exterior concrete casts of my models for wall decoration, garden jewelry, or for incorporating into a brick wall in new construction. General information applicable to all of my sculptures My standard cast-stone is for INTERIOR OR UNDER A COVERED PORCH/SUN ROOM ONLY! Out in the garden they might last 4 or 5 years, maybe longer before showing weathering damage. If you are looking for something to place in the garden or build into a wall, I offer concrete as a special order item which takes approx 3 weeks. Not all pieces are available in concrete, inquire before ordering.All of my sculptures except the bookends have a heavy wire embedded on the back to hang them on the wall. I own the originals, copyrights in most cases, and the molds, I can produce any quantity and custom configurations as well. All of my sculptures are personally hand-cast in my home studio, they are signed, numbered and dated. These are cast and finished to order at the time of purchase.I do NOT ship outside the lower 48 United States any longer! FINISHES AVAILABLE Hand cast replicas of my sculpture are available in interior cast-stone in your choice of several finishes. I offer 8 different finishes, (5 are shown below) on certain pieces- 2 metallics are standard. They vary from piece to piece as this is all hand done. Actual colors displayed on your monitor will vary as well. From left to right in the photo of 5 finishes below they are; Old Dirty Bronze (metallic) Dark gold aged weathered look Old Dirty Nickel (metallic) Dark silvery aged weathered look Dirty limestone grey- varies from near black to very light grey. Buff yellow. Red terra cotta.TaupeBright gold (metallic) Shiney bright gold Old Dirty Copper (metallic) Dark Reddish aged weathered look I use FedEx ground service for all shipments in the lower 48 states. DISPLAYQUESTION: Aren't these too heavy for my plasterboard wall Randall?By no means! keep in mind- your walls weigh thousands of pounds and support the roof, they are built to support weight.HOWEVER- do not use plastic or self adhesive picture hangars of any kind, or try to simply put a screw into the thin sheetrock- these will not hold and are not designed to. The key is to install your mounting hooks or other hangars into the solid wood STUD inside the wall, these are typically spaced 16" center to center around the room. You should use an anchor rated to hold at least twice the shipping weight of the sculpture. To show proof of what a sheetrock wall can hold, here is a photo of two shelves I installed on my bedroom wall for original sculptures that I couldn't mount any other way, the brackets are screwed into the wall studs with 3" screws and there are two heavy angle irons 5/16" thick steel behind the shelves that are invisible.Total weight for the stone and terra-cotta shown- the top shelf is 175# and 125# for the lower shelf- 300# total; Here is one more photo, three of my casts shown mounted on another wall in the bedroom- Art Deco D3-R, Nr 649-R Pan center, and Nr. 120-R "Elizabeth" panel- these are likewise installed with hangars screwed into the solid wood STUDS on the sheetrock wall- 150# approximately; Another wall in the bedroom, the green copper cornice and the round lion on the left are antique salvage, the others are casts of my own sculptures. The D4-R panel can be seen on the right in the bright gold finish over the head-board. NOTICE:Designs in the Urban Sculptures Collection are copyrighted with all rights reserved, this includes reproductions of antique pieces upon which I made certain modifications, alterations or changes- the changes are copyright and reproduction of same would constitute copyright infringement. I do not sell molds, nor casts for others to replicate and will enforce my proprietary rights. I reserve the right to decline sales to anyone. Original clay models by Randall (and casts made from them) all carry my impressed model numbers, dog paw-print logo, date of creation and signature on one of the sides similar to the photo below of the top of D4-R. Additionally; the casting number and casting date are inscribed by hand on the back of every cast. > Randall featured in the New York TimesSunday May 20th, 2007 City section Pg CY9 Article from the Blanden memorial Fine Art Museum magazine, and a newspaper article in part about my exhibition there; Randall, Owner and webmaster of Randall's Urban Sculptures web gallery, and sculpture studio. A historical photo essay of lost buildings from NYC's architectural history. All photos and accompanying text are (C) Randall's Urban Sculptures, all rights reserved.

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