7. Atop Grand Central Terminal is the World’s Largest Tiffany Clock
The clock inside Grand Central is one of the city’s most famous meeting places (and it has its own myth!) But there is an even grander clock. The statue, “Transportation,” on the facade of Grand Central Terminal was designed by the French sculptor Jules-Felix Coutan, who refused to come to the United States to oversee the construction of his project. His reason: “I fear some of your [American] architecture would distress me.”
It took the builders seven years to construct Coutan’s massive sculpture of the Greek Gods. It is 48 feet high and weighs 1500 tons. Meanwhile, the clock, which is commonly said to be Tiffany’s, is the largest in the world: it’s 13-feet in diameter and took twelve years to restore. Grand Central Terminal’s official website calls it a Tiffany, but the Tiffany Company has not confirmed (or denied it) and Tiffany experts say nay. Here’s a special look inside the clock itself.