Above the main doors at 50 Rockefeller Plaza in New York City is a large stainless steel sculpture by Japanese-American artist Isamu Noguchi (1904-1988). This lovely artwork on the front of the Associated Press Building is suitably titled “The News”. When it was built in 1940, it was the first outdoor stainless steel sculpture of its kind. Noguchi studied in Europe under sculptor Constantin Brancusi, and later went on to design some fabulous modern furniture (the Noguchi table) and Japanese-inspired paper lights (his Akari lights are still produced, and are available via the Noguchi Museum or online). IKEA and others have since copied these Akari style paper lights.
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