"Ad Astra" by Richard Lippold - National Air and Space Museum, Washington, D.C.
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member Hikenutty
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Quick Description: "Ad Astra" means "to the stars" in Latin - a fitting title for this large sculpture at the entrance to the National Air and Space Museum on Washington, D.C.'s Mall.
Location: District of Columbia, United States
Date Posted: 7/28/2008 2:09:34 PM
Waymark Code: WM4A86
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member Outspoken1
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Long Description:
"Ad Astra" means "to the stars" in Latin - a fitting title for this large sculpture at the entrance to the National Air and Space Museum on Washington, D.C.'s Mall.

The sculpture, a double spire bearing starlike wire bursts 115 feet high in the air, was created in 1976 for the National Air and Space Museum.

The following info about Lippold is from the Columbia Encyclopedia online:

Richard Lippold, 1915–2002, American sculptor, engineer, and designer, b. Milwaukee. Until 1941, Lippold worked as an industrial designer. As a sculptor, he achieved startling effects in intricately arranged, precisely engineered constructions of suspended wire and sheet metal. Often large and always lyrical, his work explores abstract spatial relationships and includes the play of light as an integral part of the sculptures. Lippold held teaching positions in various schools and colleges and was on the faculty of Hunter College, New York City (1952–67). Among his major works are Aerial Act (Wadsworth Atheneum, Hartford); Sun (Metropolitan Mus.), which contains more than 2 mi (3.2 km) of gold wire; Orpheus and Apollo (1961; Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center, New York City); and Ad Astra (1976; National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian).

Title: Ad Astra

Artist: Richard Lippold

Media (materials) used: Stainless Steel

Location (specific park, transit center, library, etc.): National Air and Space Museum

Date of creation or placement: 1976

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