Brooklyn and Manhattan

There was a time when the people in charge of roads and bridges were the type to think “tens of thousands of people will be using this bridge every day. We ought to put a pair of monuments at the entrance, to give them a moment of Beauty and Art each and every day. In fact, why do it halfway? Let’s commission one of the greatest American sculptors of our time to create them.”

Decades later, it was a time when the people in charge of roads and bridges were the type to think “We need to widen the road and get more cars in there. Those two useless piles of granite crap are in our way. Let’s describe them as “ornamental stonework” on the project paperwork so that none of these bureaucratic artsy-farty morons will try to prevent us from smashing them up and hauling them off until it’s done and they can’t do anything about it.”

Behold, the tale of “Brooklyn” and “Manhattan,” by Daniel Chester French.