Panel 5: The Creative Culture of North Developing from the Necessity of Making Life Possible in a New and Empty Land
As a parallel to Panel 1, Rivera celebrates the technological genius of the North here in Panel 5. Rivera wrote:
”Just as the plastic tradition of the South penetrated into the North, the creative mechanical power of the North enriched life in the South. I depicted the greatness of the North in such engineering achievements as Shasta Dam, oil derricks, bridges set near the American peaks of Mount Shasta and Mount Lassen, and in portraits of such geniuses as Ford, Morse, and Fulton, the last two of whom were artists as well as inventors."