Stairway of Civilization (2010)

A stairway at the Los Angeles Central Library features three of Lee Lawrie’s sculptures. The two black marble sphinxes flanking the entry to the stairs guard the Statue of Civilization in the niche above, and symbolize the “hidden mysteries of knowledge.” The sphinxes hold open books engraved with Egyptian-themed passages from Plutarch’s Morals, in the original Greek.

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