How We Explore Crystal Series
Voyage Crystal Series 2
The Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation presented a Voyage exhibition as a gift to the City
of Kansas City, Missouri. The model Sun stanchion is located at the Power & Light Building on Baltimore Avenue. As you head south along Baltimore Ave. you walk to the exhibition's other 14 stanchions, including one for each of the eight planets and for the dwarf planets Pluto and Eris. (Visit the photo-album at the Voyage in Kansas CIty Facebook page.)
As part of their exhibition, the Foundation commissioned an additional Explorers stanchion to be placed in front of Kansas City's historic Union Station, exactly 1 mile (1.6 km) from the model Sun. It marks the location of the farthest human made object - the Voyager 1 spacecraft - on the exhibition's opening day in October 2008. Unlike the exhibition's other stanchions which address what we know about the Solar System, the Explorers stanchion addresses how we have come to know it. It celebrates humanity's ability to reach heavenward, beyond the confines of Earth, and through technologies built on the sweat of generations past, send robots and humans to other worlds and train telescopes into the depths of space.
The story of how we explore is captured in stunning detail in a collage of five 3D images placed within the large crystal block of the Explorers stanchion. From top to bottom, they are:
• the Hubble Space Telescope in orbit around Earth, peering into the depths
• the Voyager 2 spacecraft flying by Neptune, en route to the stars
• a Mars Exploration Rover on the surface of Mars
• the Apollo missions to the Moon
• the Gemini Observatory atop Mauna Kea exploring the heavens from the surface of Earth
An Explorers Stanchion Image Library:
In honor of the Explorers stanchion and what it celebrates, we have created a crystal line that reproduces all five collage elements in all their stunning detail. Read about them below.