There are approximately 100 pieces of outdoor public art gracing Rockefeller Center. None are more recognizable than the gilded bronze statue of Prometheus. It was commissioned by John D. Rockefeller and created by artist Paul Manship in 1933. The inscription reads, “Prometheus, teacher in every art, brought the fire that hath proved to mortals a means to mighty ends.” Looming just behind the 18 foot Titan is a sculpture of Zeus on the GE Building. In Greek mythology, this king of gods threatened to destroy humans by eliminating fire.