Manhattan Monday 21 – Rockefeller Centre

Rockefeller Centre (Canadian spelling) is a vast complex of 19 buildings on 22 acres.  I don’t know what I was expecting to find there – but I was disappointed. Radio City Music Hall (showing my age now) is only open for big shows and there wasn’t much else to see. We sat for a while where the first photo was taken and then I went looking for a street photo opportunity.

Rockefeller Centre

Rockefeller Centre

I found a setting and waited for people to come out the doors.

Rockefeller Centre. Bas relief of News by Isamu Noguchi.

Rockefeller Centre. Bas relief of News by Isamu Noguchi.

Rockefeller Centre. Bas relief of News by Isamu Noguchi.

New York City..Rockefeller Centre. Bas relief of News by Isamu Noguchi.

When Isamu Noguchi created the bas-relief, News, over the main entrance to 50 Rockefeller Plaza (the Associated Press Building) in 1940 it was the largest metal bas-relief in the world.

In 1962, the center management placed a plaque at the plaza with a list of principles in which John D. Rockefeller, Jr. believed, and first expressed in 1941. It reads:

I believe in the supreme worth of the individual and in his right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.I believe that every right implies a responsibility; every opportunity, an obligation; every possession, a duty.
I believe that the law was made for man and not man for the law; that government is the servant of the people and not their master.
I believe in the Dignity of labor, whether with head or hand; that the world owes no man a living but that it owes every man an opportunity to make a living.
I believe that thrift is essential to well ordered living and that economy is a prime requisite of a sound financial structure, whether in government, business or personal affairs.
I believe that truth and justice are fundamental to an enduring social order.
I believe in the sacredness of a promise, that a man’s word should be as good as his bond; that character not wealth or power or position – is of supreme worth.
I believe that the rendering of useful service is the common duty of mankind and that only in the purifying fire of sacrifice is the dross of selfishness consumed and the greatness of the human soul set free.
I believe in an all-wise and all-loving God, named by whatever name, and that the individuals highest fulfilment, greatest happiness, and widest usefulness are to be found in living in harmony with His Will.
I believe that love is the greatest thing in the world; that it alone can overcome hate; that right can and will triumph over might.

5 comments on “Manhattan Monday 21 – Rockefeller Centre

  1. powerful words, I feel like I should post them on my mirror and read them before I start each day, to remind me to be all that I can! thanks for sharing them. I also love your images of the mural, having people in the image really gives us an idea of just how big it is.

  2. BuntyMcC says:

    Glad you liked them. I thought it apt to publish his principles on a Canadian election day; I only disagree with one but only in semantics, not in spirit.

  3. inesephoto says:

    Great principles, and the bas relief looks very impressive when people are standing under it.

  4. When I was in my early teens, I used to go to 75 Rockefeller Plaza, then called the Esso Building, to get free road maps.

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