It was a surprisingly gorgeous mid-December day here in New England. The sun was shining and the air was crisp, but not too cold. As such, I decided to take my camera out with me as I walked between meetings at my ‘day job’ and try to look at some of the usual sights with a more careful eye.

I’ve always found this sculpture fascinating. I don’t know if it’s just due to it’s uniqueness, or the odd dichotomy of such an artistic work being placed smack dab in the center of a federal building campus (when I think fed, I don’t exactly think style). The sculpture is by Alexander Lieberman and, according to the website, this is what Lieberman has to say about it:

In this sculpture, elongated cylinders recreate the loftiness found in Gothic cathedrals. Lieberman
intended the public to walk around the sculpture, and experience a sensation similar to what he felt
when he visited St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome. “That is one of the reasons why I have called the
sculpture On High because I feel that the sense of physical elevation is associated with spiritual
elevation.” The red color of the sculpture provides a focus within the federal building as a point of
meditation and wonderment.
I have to admit, I felt some of that. But, more or less, I was just happy to be outside.



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