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"Spirit of Electricity"

"Spirit of Electricity"

This 24 foot, 16 ton bronze statue (covered in gold leaf) by Evelyn Beatrice Longman (1874-1954) was commissioned by AT&T in 1916 and stood originally atop their old New York skyscraper. It was renovated in 1980 and moved to the lobby of the New Jersey headquarters on a 21 foot black Swedish-granite base until the building was sold in 2002, when it was moved again to another AT&T property. Now (2004) it's apparently up for sale.

Also known as "The Genius of Electricity", "Electricity and the Spirit of Communication", and "Spirit of Electricity" (this 1938 AT&T textbook photo's caption). Nickname: "Golden Boy".