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1250 Avenue of the Americas, Rockefeller Center. Mosaic Mural "Intelligence Awakening Mankind" 79 feet long, 14 feet high. by Barry Faulkner (American. 1881 - 1966).
This mosaic of small glass tiles (tesserae) is composed of over one million pieces in two hundred and fifty colors, each hand-cut and hand-set. The work is allegorical concerning the triumph of knowledge over the evil of ignorance.
The central figure of 'Thought' (intelligence) stands above the world, controlling the action in the mosaic . The other two figures are messengers. The male figure represents writing, and the female represents the spoken word. Other figures symbolize creativity, ideas and intellectual efforts. The mosaic’s message is that thought will propagate new knowledge and advance civilization.