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Double Pegasus, one of four, from the Coney Island High Pressure Pumping Station, 2301 Neptune Avenue, Brooklyn

Irwin S. Chanin, Piccirilli Brothers

American Art

On View: Steinberg Family Sculpture Garden, 1st Floor

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.

MEDIUM Limestone, granite
DATES 1936-1937
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 L2003.7.4
CREDIT LINE Lent by The City of New York
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CAPTION Irwin S. Chanin (American, 1891-1988). Double Pegasus, one of four, from the Coney Island High Pressure Pumping Station, 2301 Neptune Avenue, Brooklyn, 1936-1937. Limestone, granite, 48 x 24 x 48 in. (121.9 x 61.0 x 121.9 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Lent by The City of New York, L2003.7.4. © artist or artist's estate
IMAGE overall, L2003.7.1-.4.jpg. F Stop Fitzgerald photograph
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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.
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Double Pegasus, one of four, from the Coney Island High Pressure Pumping Station, 2301 Neptune Avenue, Brooklyn