Post Office Mural – Yellow Springs OH

Description

The post office contains a 1941 Section of Fine Arts mural by Axel Horn entitled “Yellow Springs-Preparation for Life Work.”

This mural depicts a young man laboring at the edge of a field, having just cut down a large tree with the axe at his side. He is sitting on the tree reading a book with a hat and sports coat with a transept close by. This is a locally inspired mural from Antioch College which had a well-known co-op program where students would take 5 years to graduate with a liberal arts education, but would alternate classroom study with work in an industry closely linked to their major work.

Axel Horn was born in New York City and studied at the Newark School of Fine and Applied Arts and at the Art Student’s League of New York , studying with Thomas Hart Benton and Jackson Pollock. In addition to his murals at post offices, he painted murals at Seaview Hospital, Bellevue Hospital, and Welfare Island Nurses Home. He lives in Westchester, County, NY.

Source notes

Park and Markowitz, Democratic Vistas, Post Offices and Public Art in the New Deal, 1984.

Project originally submitted by Charles Swaney on January 27, 2013.

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Location Info


120 Corry St.
Yellow Springs, OH 45387

Coordinates: 39.806515, -83.888774

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