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The newest addition to the collection of monuments and artwork around the civic center is the 19 meter tall arch named "Transcending". It was a gift from the Labor Unions to the city of Detroit and was funded by rank and file union members and other local groups. It consists of two 30 ton stainless steel tubes filled with concrete that rise from a concrete base with boulders.

Designed by David Barr and Sergio de Giusti the arch represents a "stylized gear that bursts from the earth" according to the artists. At the apex there is a gap that is filled with a bright arcing light at night as a symbol of the energy of labor. The 14 six foot tall boulders at the base have bronze reliefs representing struggles in labor's history. Other plaques honor specific victories in labor's history and also the names of many who donated money for this monument. And a final group of plaques honor people who fought to organize and keep labor unions strong.

It stands near Isamu Noguchi's fountain and across the street from the Spirit of Detroit.

At one time Detroit was the heart of labor with the tens of thousands of people who worked in the auto industry. But that time has long since passed. Today I believe Las Vegas in the number one unionized city in the United States.

In post-processing I ran a 2 pixel radius median filter on the sky and increased brightness and contrast to +7.

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