Art: Colossal Atrocities

In 1930 Philadelphia's Board of Education wanted something fancy yet dignified in the way of sculpture to go over the doors and windows of its new $3,000,000 building at 21st Street and the Parkway. Its Superintendent of Buildings Irwin Thornton Catharine straightway declared an open competition for sketches and full-sized models. An architect himself, he chose the sketches and models of able French Sculptor Jules Andre Meliodon, awarded him the $45,000 contract.

Meliodon's models represented "Education Through the Ages," in 24 figures and groups. Competently done, they closely resembled the classical imitations...

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