Post World War II brought the state of Georgia what the New Georgia Encyclopedia calls “postwar prosperity.” The boom to the economy that came with wartime production had lasting effects, and despite the fact that the Talmadge camp was still in power, there were more opportunities for women and minorities in the workforce.
The end of World War II also brought a different cultural phenomenon to the state– modern art. The University of Georgia (UGA) hired Lamar Dodd to oversee the art department in 1937, according to the Athens-Banner Herald. Under Dodd’s direction, art became something that was on campus.
Dodd hired Abbott Pattinson to create works to be displayed on campus at UGA, and he created the Iron Horse. After much controversy, the Iron Horse resides in a field in Greene County, Georgia. This photo essay takes a look at the crafting of the Iron Horse and all the details that entice modern day UGA students to make the drive out to visit the sculpture.