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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snunney (84931) 2013-12-29 8:53
A very interesting modern sculpture that well suits this point of view. I like the symmetrical whilst that beautiful sky makes an excellent backdrop. Ideal lighting and superb colours. Thanks for sharing.
pajaran (52614) 2013-12-29 10:00
Interesantan i dobar tekst o skulpturi, sa opisom ...
Dobra kompozicija, lepo pokazana skulptura.
Dobar snimak i kontrast, lepe boje.
Lepa skulptura koja se druzi sa oblacima.
Prijatno vece i lep noc, sve najbolje za Novu godinu.
Interesting and good article about the sculpture, with a description ...
Good composition, beautiful sculptures shown.
Good footage and contrast, beautiful colors.
Beautiful sculptures that druzi from with clouds.
Have a nice evening and night, all the best for the New Year.
macjake (57074) 2013-12-29 10:20
Now I can honestly say that i've never seen this piece of architecture/sculpture before!
it sort of ties in with your previous post too, subject wise.
and i can totally see how you mean by the artist using the natural light to play on the sculpture, i bet this steel does just that.
for sure a unique and one of a kind piece, i bet you're the first to post it on TE too.
photoray (12507) 2013-12-29 11:04
Fine upwards view of Ad Astra, especially the sky and clouds mirrored on its surface.
An interesting modern sculpture and perhaps part of our 2 century celebration of the War of Independence.
I have only been to our Capitol area once and need to return especially for the history.
ourania (32127) 2013-12-29 11:25
your work on this presentation has been very effective and the sharpness you've achieved is remarkable. The sculpture is very imposing at the centre of the frame and it's so intriguing that you have avoided to show any sense of scale. The concept of the human ambition and endevour is conveyed superbly by the backdrop which makes the only context. The communication and interaction of the sculpture with this context is fascinating and entices to a good deal of thinking, rewarding or frustrating -it doesn't matter. Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a lovely evening and a great time during these festive days,
nikkitta (14858) 2013-12-29 12:04
Beautiful art work and capture with the colors of Argentina Flag, blue and white
Great upwards POV mixing in that way, sky and reflects
Like also the wires at the top, like a kind of stars
Great work of you as photographer and Lippold as a creative artist
carlo62 (33803) 2013-12-29 14:35
uno scatto pulito e d'impatto, la torre si alza vertiginosamente davanti ai nostri occhi e il cielo da forma al suo spettacolo di nuvole.
Ottima qualità e bei colori concludono un bellissimo quadro.
bukitgolfb301 (36220) 2013-12-29 18:54
Hi dear Noel
Another so fersh, stunning comfortable image via nice wide and high angle image, nicely timing post at this cold season. The best color conrarst of blue and white, composition and framework are wonderful and remarkable to see as usual.
All the best and have a good day! TAKERO
fabbs99 (16485) 2013-12-29 23:14
Great light control.Perfect composition and sharpness.Fantastic and wonderful composition of the sea.TFS.
mesutilgim (85454) 2013-12-30 3:16
Hello dear Noel,
Very nice capture with great effect. Many interesting notes makes your entry a perfect TE job !
TFS and all the best for the Newe Year !
Subhogen (4065) 2013-12-30 3:24
Perfect POV chosen to show us this fantastic modern sculpture. It is interesting to see that it has maintained its sheen and lustre ever after passing 37 years in the open. That is great!! Very apt title for the sculpture and for your photo, specially from the POV you have chosen. The steel of the sculpture presents wonderful contrast with the bright blue sky.
Thanks for sharing an unique sculpture and wish you the very best for 2014.
aleXundar (1256) 2013-12-30 6:05
An interesting sculpture of a unique idea.
The pov for this monument cannot be better than this.
Clear blue sky and white clouds reflecting on the polished steel, is excellent.
Fis2 (86309) 2013-12-30 7:24
i like POV and composition.
Sonata11 (33283) 2013-12-30 18:31
very beautiful composition. Perfectly well done. Love it. Best regards and have a Happy New Year 2014, Barbara
mirosu (14532) 2013-12-31 1:02
Excellently captured sculpture from very well selected viewpoint. The view from lover angle makes the sculpture majestic and dominant. The light is perfect, the contrast against blue sky superb. Well done my friend.
SnapRJW (31469) 2013-12-31 6:14
Greetings and warmest wishes Noel for the coming year. I look forward to seeing and reading more of your posts here in 2014 and wish to thank you again for your warm welcome in Dublin. A fine shot which to my eye shows both strength and delicacy in the structure.... both good characteristics that I need to cultivate going into the new year! Warm regards Rosemary
josepmarin (57823) 2014-01-01 12:17
a powerful image to celebrate the end of 2013.
I like the nice symbolism of your composition, by means of a wonderful sculpture and a great low-angle shot.
Happy New Year!!
krzychu30 (15498) 2014-01-03 1:57
amazing looking sculpture!
Enjoy your upward perspective combined with perfect symmetry and the blue sky as a backdrop.The effect is magnificent!
Have a nice day
Miguel82 (24265) 2014-06-29 7:09
The top of a remarkable sculpture Noel, superb blue sky in the bg, an american spire! enjoy your sunday