March 6, 2011

Galileo's Vision in Missouri

Galileo's Vision is a new outdoor sculpture on the campus of Missouri Western State University in St. Joseph.

Created by Jim Estes, retired professor of art at Missouri Western, the steel sculpture evokes Galileo's quest to understand the heavens and his famous treatise The Starry Messenger (Sidereus Nuncius).

Curiously, the top of the sculpture also bears a resemblance to the Greek letter pi.

Since 2005, Missouri Western has hosted a conference series named in honor of Galileo to explore the cultural and public policy implications of current trends in scientific research.

Photos by I. Peterson

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