Glory: San Francisco

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Exploratorium Museum

Alisa Mappes ©

At the Exploratorium Museum in San Francisco, this 8″ metallic ring was the centerpiece of a hands-on exhibit demonstrating the movement of a rolling circle. The circle itself is a metaphor for eternal cycles, as well as a symbol for the unity and oneness of all things. Is that not glorious? What is interesting to me is that the viewer can’t lay claim to the entire subject in this photo. It’s as if glory can’t be captured by one limited perspective.

“Thou art He Who, from eternity, abode in His realm, in the glory of His transcendent unity, and the splendors of His holy grandeur.”

Prayers and Meditations by Bahá’u’lláh, CLXXXIV

Alisa is an Executive Assistant for the Vice Chancellor for Communications and Public Affairs at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. As a Baha’i, she serves her local community through hosting artistic prayer devotionals and thoughtful dialogues centered around the needs of the current times. She prefers to shoot still scenes that invoke feeling, and her favorite living thing to photograph is children.