From the book "Jewel of the City"
"Around the entablature of the noble octagonal rotunda are repeated Bruno Louis Zimm's three panels,
representing "The Struggle for the Beautiful." (p. 114.) In one, Art, as a beautiful woman, stands in
the center, while on either side the idealists struggle to hold back the materialists, here conceived
as centaurs, who would trample upon Art. In another, Bellerophon is about to mount Pegasus. Orpheus
walks ahead with his lyre, followed by a lion, representing the brutish beasts over whom music hath
power. Back in the procession come Genius, holding aloft the lamp, and another figure bearing in one
hand the pine cones of immortality, in the other a carved statue which she holds forward as a lesson
in art to the youth before her. In the third panel appears Apollo, god of all the arts, in the midst
of a procession of his devotees bearing garlands. Between the panels are repeated alternately male and
female figures, symbolizing those who battle for the arts."