“Spirit of Communication”
That’s the name of the terra cotta relief that adorns the Forest Hills post office. Next time you walk in or walk by, look up above the doorway. It was fashioned in 1938 by Sten Jacobson, a WPA artist at the time whose livelihood depended on the government’s recognition that art has value and a prime place in society.
Since everything seems up for potential tear-down grabs around here, I’m drawing the line right here and now around this relief. It’s bad enough that all the development in the area is hodgepodged together (in large part because of “interesting” choices made by our local council members), with no sense of fitting in to the area’s original character. We lost the Trylon; we have to keep an eye out for whatever treasures remain.
Including our sorta-kinda version of the Little Mermaid.