OOS Sculpture

Their Spirits Circle the Earth

1987 / James Mason / Columbus

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A brass ball sits atop a rising granite arc with inscriptions on both sides. Encircling the ball is an arrow depicted in relief. The sculpture memorializes the Challenger disaster of 1986.

Location: Battelle Riverfront Park, 25 Marconi Blvd

County

: Franklin

Citation

: James Mason , “Their Spirits Circle the Earth,” Ohio Outdoor Sculpture , accessed September 21, 2021, https://oos.sculpturecenter.org/index.php/items/show/727.

Title

Their Spirits Circle the Earth
Challenger Memorial

Description

A brass ball sits atop a rising granite arc with inscriptions on both sides. Encircling the ball is an arrow depicted in relief. The sculpture memorializes the Challenger disaster of 1986.

Creator

Date

1987

Source

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Their_Spirits_Circle_the_Earth

Identifier

727

Location City

Location County

Provider Qualifier

Sponsored by

Provider Entity

Burger King Corporation

Location Site

Location Street

25 Marconi Blvd

Location Type

Artist Notes

Design was a collaboration among Columbus school children.

Media Base Depth

4 ft 2 in

Media Sculpture Height

3 ft 6 in

Media Sculpture Width

1 ft 2 in

Media Sculpture Depth

3 ft 6 in

Media Base Height

4 in

Media Base Width

1 ft 4 in

Materials

Inscription

side inscription: "THEIR SPIRITS / CIRCLE / THE EARTH" / Sponsored by / The Burger King Corporation / and Their / Columbus, Ohio franchises / January 28, 1987"
plaque: "Francis R. Scobee, Flight Commander / Michael J. Smith / Ronald E. McNair / Ellison S. Onizuka / Judith A. Resnik / Gregory B. Jarvis / Sharon Christa McAuliffe / They Accepted the Challenge / In memory of the courage and pioneering spirit of / the seven astronauts who perished aboard the / challenger on Jan. 28, 1986 / Designed and dedicated by the children of Columbus / Mayor Dana G. Rinehart / Jan. 28, 1987"