Photographer's Note

Pictured here is a sculpture by American artist Richard Lippold titled "Ad Astra" which is Latin for "to the stars"

Erected in 1976, the sculpture is 115 feet high and made from gold tinted polished steel. It stands outside the National Air and Space Museum on the Jefferson Drive entrance to this incredible place. It consists of a three planed narrow shaft of steel which ends in a pointed tip pointing towards the stars, with a triple cluster of star like designs near its tip.

Artist Lippold believed that "the characteristic art of our time deals with the conquest of space," and to him, this sculpture symbolized exactly that.

Richard Lippold himself liveed from 1915 to 2002 and was a sculptor, engineer and designer. He hailed from Milwaulkee and worked as an engineer until 1941 when he began working with sculpture. He was renowned for his ability to achieve intricate and amazing effects using precisely engineered sculptures using wire and sheet metal. His works were almost always large and explored abstract spatial relationships and he almost always called on the play of light to complete his works.

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