Eagle/Justice Above All Else, 1970, Court of International Trade, New York, NY
Location: James L. Watson Court of International Trade Building, 1 Federal Plaza, New York, NY, 10278
Theodore Roszak received one of the earliest commissions from the General Services Administration’s Art-in-Architecture Program to make "Eagle" for the U.S. Customs Court in Foley Square, New York. Under this program, the GSA set aside one half of one percent of the construction budget for new federal buildings to purchase public works of art.
Prominent works of modern art are located throughout the Jacob Javits Federal Building & James Watson Court of International Trade, New York, NY. A Study in Five Planes/Peace (1965), a metal stabile by Alexander Calder, and the Manhattan Sentinels (1996) by Beverly Pepper, a cast-iron sculpture that celebrates human aspirations in the city, are found in outdoor public spaces. Two other significant pieces are located in CIT; Seymour Fogel's colorful geometric mosaic Metropolis (1967) is in the lobby and Eagle/Justice Above All Else (1970) by Theodore Roszak is in one of the courtrooms.
Maquette for Eagle, 1962-66
Cut and soldered brass mounted on wood base
12 1/2 x 34 3/4 x 9 1/4 in. (31.6 x 88.2 x 23.6 cm)
Collection: Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington D.C. Transfer from the General Services Administration, Art-in-Architecture Program (1980.)