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  EAST PORTAL OF THE ADMINISTRATION BUILDING - Almost every visitor to the Fair saw the spectacle presented in this engraving, though other scenes might be neglected. Here the music was rarely silent; here the fountains unfurled their waters, long pennons of crystal, and airy clouds of mist. Here, whether there were but 50,000 people, as in May, or 300,000, as in October, the many sat and admired, or met and planned, in the heart of the festival, at the centre of the World's attention. The prominent and handsome figure of Columbus, which stood in the portal, was the work of Miss Mary T. Lawrence, and represented the landing of Columbus, and the planting of the Spanish flag in the colonies of the New World. The groups at each side of the portal typify Water. On the right is Water, Uncontrolled. Here great Neptune, trident in hand, tramples ruthlessly on his victims, who sink lamenting to their fate. On the other side is Water, Controlled. Man, aided by his invention of the sea-boat, rides the waves, and rescues his sister fom the grasp of death. The reader will here take more notice of these groups than did the ordinary visitor, for the purpose and meaning of the sculpture could only be grasped from a distance; and, to the people sitting below, the heroic figures presented only a confused appearance of gigantic forms. Karl Bitter was the sculptor. The historical inscription over the arch may be read in the picture.
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