Mercury, Rochester, New York
I've just returned from spending a few days in Upstate New York where this sculpture of Mercury - the Roman god of commerce - is a landmark in the city of Rochester. Made in 1881 of riveted bronze plates, the statue was originally atop Kimball's Tobacco Factory, which later became the City Hall Annex and even later a branch of the Rochester Public Library. (I don't think we recycle buildings the way we used to!) The statue was removed in the early 1950s when the Kimball's building was torn down.
Its second life atop a newer building
For more than two decades the 21-foot, 700-pound statue was kept in storage. Then in 1974, it was placed atop the structure now known as Aqueduct Building, one block north of its original location.
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