Mercury Marble Bookend Set
Grand Central's Respect for History Is From The Ground Up and you can own a piece of it with this set of two marble bookends. Each with a replica of the Grand Central Statue of Mercury, Minerva and Hercules; the three travel gods.
From 2007-2012, the MTA worked to restore the marble floor of Grand Central Terminal. In order to perfectly match the new tile to the existing slabs, the Transit Authority persuaded the quarry of the original Tennessee pink marble to reopen for this project after it had been closed for nearly 30 years. The marble used for this jewelry is from the slabs that were replaced.
These bookends are crafted from the surface of the authentic Tennessee pink marble from the Main Concourse floor of Grand Central Terminal (GCT). Each bookend measures aprox 6" x 6" and each weighs about 3.3 lbs. Mercury plaque on marble bookend measures 3" W x 2" T.
***Note each piece is unique and will vary in size, shape and weight.***
Read the article Grand Central's Respect for History Is From The Ground Up to learn more about the restoration.
|What's the Story||Grand Central Terminal opened to the public at 12:01 am on February 2, 1913 following a decade of construction. The imposing building, designed by the architectural firm Reed & Stem in collaboration with Warren & Wetmore, resembled a classical monument with oversized columns, large arched windows and detailed ornamentation. Grand Central was the realization of Cornelius Vanderbilt's dream for a grand depot uniting New York's long distance trains with local transit. Built in the Beaux Arts style, it houses one of the nation's most extraordinary interiors with Tennessee marble floors and Botticino marble details crowned by a vaulted ceiling that arches over the 80,000 square foot Main Concourse. The famous astrological mural, originally painted by the Hewlett-Basing Studio, dramatically depicts the October-to-March constellations of the zodiac on a cerulean blue sky. The 2,500 gold-leaf stars, 59 of which have been enhanced in brilliance with fiber optic illumination, glitter in golden splendor upon more than 750,000 visitors each day.|