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Saint George Slays Atomic Dragon.

Saint George Slays Atomic Dragon

Field review by the editors.

New York, New York

In 1990, for the 45th anniversary of the U.N., the USSR unveiled a sculpture in U.N. Headquarters courtyard named "Good vs. Evil." It's a larger-than-life Saint George astride a horse, spearing a two-headed dragon with a cross-pommeled lance. The dragon is made of junk metal: half of a U.S. Pershing-2 nuclear missile and half of a Soviet SS-20 nuclear missile, which were both banned by the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty of 1987.

For the sculpture's first few years, visitors were able to pose next to the prostrate dragons, but since 9/11 the U.N. courtyard has been locked behind a gate.

Saint George Slays Atomic Dragon

790 1st Ave., New York, NY
On the east side of 1st Ave./United Nations Plaza at its intersection with E. 47th St. Usually behind a gated fence, but the bars are wide enough to take photos through.
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