Washington, D.C. A statue in front of the Federal Trade Commission building

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Title

Washington, D.C. A statue in front of the Federal Trade Commission building

Subject

One of two statues in front of the Federal Trade Commission building

Description

"Man Controlling Trade" is the name given to the monumental equestrian statues created by Michael Lantz for the Apex Building in Washington D.C. under the WPA Federal Art Project. In July 1937 the Section of Painting and sculpture of the Transportation Department announced an open competition to design and execute a large sculpture for the Federal Trade Commission Building. This contest was the largest American sculpture competition ever held, bringing over 234 sculptors and over 500 sculptures. Michael Lantz actually ended up making two of 12 feet tall and 16 feet long figures. Both were very similar, but few difference were created. Today one sits on constitution Avenue and one of Pennsylvania Avenue. The differences between the statues is that one looks to be controlling the horse, while the other statue suggests the horse is controlling him. The main interpretation of these to statues is the idea of protection of consumers and the elimination and prevention of what regulators perceive to be anti competitive business practices (Smithsonian American Art Museum, 1983).

Creator

Esther Bubley

Source

Library of Congress

Publisher

Library of Congress

Contributor

Library of Congress

Rights

December 1933

Citation

Esther Bubley, “Washington, D.C. A statue in front of the Federal Trade Commission building,” Omeka, accessed June 26, 2017, http://ccomeka.com/items/show/9.