Born in St. Paul, MN
Time and the Fates Sundial
This bronze sculpture is a study of the large public sundial Paul Manship created for the 1939-1940 New York World's Fair. The model depicts the three Fates of Classical Greek mythology standing beneath the central "Tree of Life." In the front a long-haired woman spins thread that is measured by the standing figure, and then cut by the kneeling hooded woman at the back.
50 1/2 x 62 x 9 inches
Bequest of Paul H. Manship
Advertised as the "world's largest sundial," the original forty-eight foot high sculpture was situated on Constitution Mall in New York City during the 1939-1940 New York World's Fair. The sundial was commissioned specifically for the fair. It was made of staff, a type of plaster, and was later destroyed. In addition to this study, Manship created a smaller bronze version in 1939 that is now in the Brookgreen Garden's collection of figurative sculpture in South Carolina.
Riddle, Mason. "Paul Manship." In Our Treasures: Highlights from the Minnesota Museum of American Art, edited by Kristin Makholm, 56-59. St. Paul, MN: Minnesota Museum of American Art, 2011.