News Art Deco Sculpture by Isamu Noguchi . Public Domain ClipArt Stock Photos and Images. . “News” By Isamu Noguchi Commissioned 1938-1940 and unveiled over the entrance to the Associated Press building Rockefeller Center in April 1940. The 22 feet high, 17 feet wide Art Deco sculpture weighs nine tons and is executed in a Low-relief panel of stainless steel above the main entrance to 50 Rockefeller Plaza.
It depicts five journalists. AP’s worldwide network is symbolized by diagonal radiating lines extending across the plaque News was the first heroic sized sculpture cast in stainless steel and the only time Noguchi employed stainless steel as an artistic medium.
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Following the attack on Pearl Harbor, anti-Japanese sentiment was reenergized in the United States, and in response Noguchi formed "Nisei Writers and Artists for Democracy". Noguchi and other group leaders wrote to influential officials, including the congressional committee headed by Representative John H. Tolan, hoping to halt the internment of Japanese Americans.
He helped organize a documentary of the internment, but left California before its release; as a legal resident of New York, he was allowed to return home. He hoped to prove Japanese-American loyalty by helping the war effort, but when other governmental departments turned him down, Noguchi met with John Collier, head of the Office of Indian Affairs, who persuaded him to travel to the internment camp located on an Indian reservation in Poston, Arizona to promote arts and crafts and community.
Noguchi arrived at the Poston camp in May 1942, becoming its only voluntary internee. Noguchi worked in a carpentry shop, but his hope was to design parks and recreational areas within the camp. Although he created several plans at Poston, among them designs for baseball fields, swimming pools, and a cemetery, he found that the War Relocation Authority had no intention of implementing them. Noguchi also realized that, despite his heritage, he had little in common with the internees, who he described as being mostly unintellectual, nonpolitical farmers.
In June, Noguchi applied for release, but intelligence officers labeled him as a "suspicious person" due to his involvement in "Nisei Writers and Artists for Democracy". He was granted a month-long furlough on November 12, but never returned; though he was granted a permanent leave afterward, he soon afterward received a deportation order. The Federal Bureau of Investigation, accusing him of espionage, launched into a full investigation of Noguchi which ended only through the American Civil Liberties Union's intervention. Noguchi would later retell his wartime experiences in the British World War II documentary series The World at War. Isamu Noguchi From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia