According to Lee Lawrie, speaking about his architectural sculpture,

“Sculpture for buildings serves to accent the architecture, and sometimes also to characterize the building for which it is made. The sculpture… shown here, aims to do both.  It consists of details and parts of series from work done for a number of buildings, and the same, few, simple rules were applied to it all. None of it employs the forms that are brought to mind by the term "architectural decoration," those symbols of past ages whose forgotten meanings render them useless except for the one purpose of accenting the architecture they adorn. It seems like a waste of effort when sculpture aims only to "decorate."

If the sculpture is to reflect ideas that will tell the passerby the kind of building it marks, pertinent subjects must be found for all the surfaces provided for it. Good subjects make one feel that the work needs to be done, and that feeling causes it to take shape readily. Unconsciously, then, the sculptor returns to the principles that guided the primitives, who were not too knowing, but were intent upon bringing out an idea or a story.”   -–Lee Lawrie, 1936.       


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