Atlas statue.

Atlas Statue

Field review by the editors.

Sacramento, California

The Greek mythical Titan, Atlas, is a celestial pack mule. Countless sculptures and friezes depict him bearing the weight of the Earth on his brawny shoulders. Heroic scale bronzes, such as the giant in NY's Rockefeller Center, convey his power in holding up the heavens for eternity.

Inevitably, Atlas found his way into commercial employment. We've seen his rippling physique lofting the world at night clubs and restaurants, and holding up clocks. You can buy an Atlas to decorate your garden. Charles Atlas grafted the immortal appeal onto his bodybuilding techniques when he took that name in 1922.

Atlas and fitness are synonymous, so it's no surprise to see him standing in front of a Sacramento fitness center. Estimate: 16-18 ft. tall.

One beef: this statue is fiberglass, not metal.

Debra Jane Seltzer wrote to us: "These Atlas statues were mass-produced for Jack LaLanne Fitness Centers. There are at least a couple others still around in Reno, NV; Scarsdale, NY; and Burnaby, BC."

Atlas Statue

4800 Madison Ave., Sacramento, CA
On Madison Ave. just west of College Oak Dr., south side of divided road.
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