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Henry Hering is well known for his work as an architectural sculptor. Much of his work consists of allegorical figures done in the [[Beaux-Arts architecture|Beaux-Arts tradition]], although a few of his later works, such as the detailing in [[Severance Hall]] and the [[Hope Memorial Bridge|Lorain-Carnegie Bridge]] in [[Cleveland]], [[Ohio]], were done in the [[Art Deco]] style. Hering's reputation as a sculptor decreased as [[International Modernism]] dispensed with architectural, figurative and allegorical work. As with many other such artists Hering's oeuvre is now being reexamined in a more positive light. In 1928 he was elected into the [[National Academy of Design]] as an Associate member and became a full Academician in 1937. His work was also part of the [[Art competitions at the 1932 Summer Olympics#Sculpture|sculpture event]] in the [[Art competitions at the 1932 Summer Olympics|art competition]] at the [[1932 Summer Olympics]].<ref>{{cite web|url=https://www.olympedia.org/athletes/921811 |title=Henry Hering |work=Olympedia |accessdate=8 August 2020}}</ref>
 
Hering is further remembered in relation to the unfortunate[[1945 Empire State Building B-25 crash|crash of an American B-25 military airplane]] into New York City's [[Empire State Building]] on July 28, 1945. The largest sections of the plane remained lodged in the building, or fell directly to the streets below. However, one engine ripped from its wing and traveled some distance away, regrettably landing in Hering's top floor penthouse studio, located in a building near the crash. At the time, newspaper coverage of the accident reported that, although the artist was not in his studio at the time, about $75,000 worth of his work was destroyed.<ref>http://www.withthecommand.com/2002-Jan/NY-empireplane.html</ref>
 
The [[National Sculpture Society]] gives out the Henry Hering Award for noteworthy collaboration between sculptor and architect.