Designer Paul T. Frankl American

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 902

By the 1920s, the skyscraper was a symbol of American modernity. Here, Frankl uses maple wood and Bakelite to suggest the jagged, upward-reaching outline of a New York skyscraper. By breaking with the constraints of the past, this towering architectural form expressed the excitement and optimism of a new era.

Skyscraper, Paul T. Frankl (American, Vienna 1886–1958 Los Angeles, California), Maple, Bakelite

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