A sculptured aluminum eagle - the subject of much controversy because of its size and "element of vulgarity" - was lifted into position by special crane July 30 at the new American Embassy building in Grosvenor Square, London.
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FV Eagle being hoisted on crane
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Background: A sculptured aluminum eagle - the subject of much controversy because of its size and "element of vulgarity" - was lifted into position by special crane July 30 at the new American Embassy building in Grosvenor Square, London. A large crowd watched as the GBP19,000 eagle, with a wing-span of 35 feet, was hoisted to its perch 80 feet above the door of the new Embassy.
The eagle - 2,000 lbs in weight - was made of anodized aluminum by American sculptor Theodore Roszak. Despite British objections it was shipped to London in three large cases which arrived July 19.
One criticism of the sculpture read: "The whole conception is so hackneyed that it is difficult to be tolerant. Regarded out of context it is certainly so mediocre as to be unworthy of serious attention." In its defence, Americans have said that the large eagle is fitting to be a centre-piece of a building 275 feet long and that its proportions are correct.
Controversy about the bird was so keen that the United States Embassy decided to make a public occasion of its hoisting to the top of the 5-story building.