This sculpture is located right outside the National Air and Space Museum’s Jefferson Drive gateway. It’s a beautiful stainless steel sculpture that protrudes into the clear sky. Richard Lippold made this public artwork to stand at about a hundred feet tall. The gold-colored steel was shaped into three planes of protrusions angled creatively to disappear into a point at the 100 foot mark. There are also three multi-pronged objects at the same mark. The point seems to be penetrating this array of star-like symbols.
Sculpture by Richard Lippold Photography by Tony Lazaretti
This unique sculpture is well defined in its simple, but well-thought out composition. The artist had the purpose of making it convey the journey that man kind has undertaken. The sculpture is a symbol of our very own conquest into the previously unknown reaches of outer space. The title; Ad Astra is latin for the meaning “to the stars”. Richard Lippold was an esteemed artist and professor at several American universities, such as Hunter College at the New York City University