Sunday, April 12, 2009

Scientific Research

Here is a statue that I bet many people in Phoenix have never noticed. It sits in Encanto Park near 15th Avenue and it’s a bit of a mystery.

The inscription on it reads “World Progress through scientific research in the laboratory”. And below that it says “Designed in fulfillment of the wishes of the donor and given to the city of Phoenix by Helen B. Rogers, 1957”. I couldn’t find any information on either Ms. Rogers or the artist, Charles Badger Martin.

So the mystery remains.

8 comments:

Laurie said...

It's curious and interesting, isn't it? I like the weird device represented.

My word verification is dicinga. Maybe that's the name of the scientific device in the sculpture! :-)

JM said...

Very unusual indeed!

Dave-CostaRicaDailyPhoto.com said...

Fascinating. Someone went to a lot of trouble and expense to commemorate knowledge, and in just 50 years it seems that we have lost the knowledge of the commemoration.

Jarart said...

An interesting and unique sculpture! I like it.

Pat said...

It looks pretty tall too. I love a good mystery.

Daily Chicago Photo said...

This is one of the things I love about doing Daily Photos: It makes me notice things I used to walk by a thousand times and never notice. Then, like you, trying to find out more about it. Sometimes successfully, other times not so much.

marcinko said...

It looks rather Soviet. Being a known communist, I kind of like it.

Heather said...

I noticed this statue for the first time today as well. It's funny the other reader mentioned it having a Soviet feel to it, because that was my exact thought too when I first saw it. It reminds me of all the Communist statues that I saw on display at a museum outside of Budapest a couple years ago. Very mysterious indeed.