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The Thinker

Rodin’s The Thinker is one of the most recognizable statues in the world- and New York has its very own! The bronze sculpture in front of the Philosophy Hall at Columbia University is one of eight copies cast by Rodin himself and given to the University in 1930.

Upper West Side, Dante, The Thinker, Auguste Rodin, Columbia University Philosophy, The Gates of Hell, Public Sculpture New YorkThe piece originally was meant to portray Dante, to sit contemplating in front of The Gates of Hell. But instead, over the years it became a symbol of Socialism- a working class hero- when installed at the Pantheon during social upheaval in the early 1900s. Of course since, it’s become the symbol for intellectualism- as well as just as famously, a dude sitting on a toilet, deeeeeep in thought.

Who: Auguste Rodin

What: The Thinker

Where: Columbia University, 1150 Amsterdam Avenue 10027

 

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  1. The Thinker: Rodin’s The Thinker is one of the most recognizable statues in the world- and New York has its very… http://t.co/mLfKUhCF

  2. The Thinker is a stinker- Rodin actually cast this one on Columbia’s campus http://t.co/MrD9LXZl via @artnerdnewyork

  3. Kary Modesto says:

    Hey, Awesome stuff. I am looking forward to see more of your blog.

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