Yesterday was gorgeous. I spent nearly the whole day on the bike. A good battery recharge. As SDA and I were coming out of Prospect Park and waiting at the traffic light [Yes, some cyclists really do obey rules of the road.], I saw the triumphal arch at grand army plaza again-for-the-first time. Check out the spandrels! The left Victory has a palm branch and a little victory on a globe, but the right Victory has fasces with axes AND the constitution.
She’s holding it like Moses holds the 10 commandments and its clearly inscribed as the constitution to make sure there is no question. The juxtaposition very nicely contextualizes the symbolism of the fasces in the late 1800s as a law-an-order motif.
The arch itself is dedicated to the “Defenders of the Union” and designing began 1888 and was unveiled 1892. All this just further informs how we read the fasces in an early 1900s context for our Liberty Dime digression.
Today’s plan is to do some more long hand drafting out at a coffee shop away from the distractions of technology.