William Gordon Huff and the Golden Gate International Exposition of 1939-1940

For the Golden Gate International Exposition, held at Treasure Island in San Francisco Bay in 1939 and 1940, California artist William Gordon Huff created several monumental works. Most prominent were the four great statues surrounding the central Tower of the Sun, representing Science, Agriculture, Industry, and Art. In this photograph, Huff can be seen assembling the statue representing Art -- note that she carries an ancient Greek theatrical mask. Also note the small model for the large sculpture, on the right.

Huff also created a number of caryatid-like human figures that "stood guard" over the entrances to buildings. These figures recall the kore (maiden) statues of archaic Greek art. On the left, Huff surveys rows upon rows of his creations. On the right, one of his figures can be seen in place, watching over an archway.

Huff can be seen here putting the finishing touches on the sculpted head of a prehistoric long-horned bison, Bison latifrons, for the Museum of Paleontology's exhibit at the Exposition. He created a large number of dioramas, sculptures, and drawings for the Museum.