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Double Pegasus, one of four, from the Coney Island High Pressure Pumping Station, 2301 Neptune Avenue, Brooklyn
These sleek modernist versions of Pegasus, the flying horse of classical mythology, once flanked the entrances to the New York City Fire Service Pumping Station that still stands on Neptune Avenue between West Twenty-third and Twenty-fourth Streets. The station boosted water pressure for fire fighting in outlying areas of Brooklyn. These four pairs of winged horses arise from stylized curving forms that suggest waves or clouds. Their compact double profiles reflect the Art Deco style of the industrial building whose entrances they once adorned. The streamlined design style was widely used in the 1920s and 1930s.
- Architect: Irwin S. Chanin, American, 1891-1988
- Artist: Piccirilli Brothers, 1888-1945
- Medium: Limestone, on a granite plinth
- Place Found: Brooklyn, New York, United States
- Dates: 1936-37
- Dimensions: 48 x 24 x 48 in. (121.9 x 61.0 x 121.9 cm) (show scale)
- Collections:American Art
- Museum Location: This item is on view in Steinberg Family Sculpture Garden, 1st Floor
- Accession Number: L2003.7.1
- Credit Line: Lent by The City of New York
- Rights Statement: © artist or artist's estate
- Caption: Irwin S. Chanin (American, 1891-1988). Double Pegasus, one of four, from the Coney Island High Pressure Pumping Station, 2301 Neptune Avenue, Brooklyn, 1936-37. Limestone, on a granite plinth, 48 x 24 x 48 in. (121.9 x 61.0 x 121.9 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Lent by The City of New York, L2003.7.1. © artist or artist's estate
- Catalogue Description: One of four double pegasus sculptures galloping through waves. Made of limestone, on a granite plinth. Originally adorning the Art Deco facade of the Fire Service Pumping Station, Neptune Avenue, Coney Island. By the early 1970s, the building was shut down, as advances in pumper design and local water supply made the station unnecessary. In 1981 the sculptures were removed and relocated at the Brooklyn Museum.
- Record Completeness: Best (83%)