Sculpture Paul Manship's highly recognizable bronze ("golden") gilded statue of the Greek legend of the Titan Prometheus recumbent, bringing fire to mankind, features prominently in the sunken plaza at the front of 30 Rockefeller Plaza. The model for Prometheus was Leonardo (Leon) Nole, and the inscription from Aeschylus, on the granite wall behind, reads:
Prometheus, teacher in every art, brought the fire that hath proved to mortals a means to mighty ends.
The statue of Prometheus bringing fire down from heaven and giving it to mankind, is one of the most evident pieces of art found on the Rockefeller Center complex. It is a re-telling of the story of Lucifer who offered to mankind the fruit of the tree of knowledge of good and evil....Substitute the name Prometheus for Lucifer, and you will perceive the true substance of this monument. Lucifer was judged by God, not for a benevolent act on behalf of mankind. Lucifer’s fall actually occurred prior to Adam and Eve’s residency in Eden. Source.Three other example sites that make the link between this Prometheus sculpture, Lucifer, and Satanic thoughts can be found here, here, and here.
What does it mean? Nothing and everything.
"The Titan Prometheus wanted to give mankind equal footing with the gods and for that, he was cast from Olympus. Well, my friends, the time has finally come for his return." ~ Prometheus, 2012, Ridley Scott, director.Additional notes from M. Bell:
Indeed, "Prometheus" was also known as "Pyrphoros" (or "Purphoros," that is, in Greek, "fire-bringer"). "Lucifer" transparently means "light-bringer" - a Latin word meaning the same thing as "phosphoros" (in Greek). The Latinized "Phosphorus" (along with "Hesperus" itself a Latinization of "[H]Esphoros")* is also a alias of Venus (namely, "the morning star"). Venus is sometimes also called the "dawn-bringer," "Eos-phoros" (Greek). And I don't need to tell you that the Roman word for "dawn" is...Aurora.+++++++
Note [*] Greek doesn't have a letter that would be transliterated by "h." Rather, Greek has "smooth" and "rough" breathing marks. And the rough breathing mark generates the "h"-phoneme. So the Greek for "evening-bringer" (the root of the name for the "evening star") was "[rough-mark] Esphoros."