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Inside Memory Hall at the National World War I Museum (the Liberty Memorial) in Kansas City are six bronze bowls on tall pedestals. To my eye, they're the dominant objects in the room.

Some might argue that the maps, or the murals, or the displays are what's most important, but honestly, I've got very little idea of what's inside the building except these huge bronze things.

They're Art Nouveau in their feeling, which makes sense for a building completed in the 1920s. Simple, elegant ... they absolutely glow in the low light.

I found loads of references on line to Memory Hall and to its contents. Every photograph of the place includes at least one of these bowls. However, nobody mentions them. It's like they don't exist.

It would make sense if they were the sort of thing to hold a flame ... the memorial has a sort of "eternal flame" theme ... but you'd think if that were the case, one of the many websites dedicated to the museum would mention it.

It's a mini-mystery. If you know, please feel free to jump in!
May 19, 2013
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May 19, 2013 10:28:06 pm
I've no idea, however, you have done a wonderful job of presenting them to us.

Wonderful POV just adds to the mystery of these bowls

by Faemike55 Homepage »

May 19, 2013 10:51:45 pm
I don't know either, but I do know this is one of your most wonderful light and shadow fotos. It has it all and it's beautiful!!

by beachzz Homepage »

May 20, 2013 12:02:02 am
it a UFO with little gray men looking at you wondering what you are? hahahaha anyway this is a good photo of something like a table i guess

by jocko500 Online Now!   Homepage »

May 20, 2013 12:06:10 am
Very beautiful effects of light Tara! Great capture!

by PHELINAS Homepage »

May 20, 2013 12:21:46 am
Delicious light and a most powerful composition.
But how frustrating, Tara!

by durleybeachbum Homepage »

May 20, 2013 12:34:58 am
It's cool the way you see stuff that others would pass up.

by wolfenshire Homepage »

May 20, 2013 12:59:39 am

by ronmolina Homepage »

May 20, 2013 1:09:31 am
Nice composition love the play of light and shade.

by Katraz Homepage »

May 20, 2013 1:18:40 am
Gorgeous and mysterious. I have no idea what those bowls might contain, but maybe that's the point; they probably contain ideas, and ideals. Invisible things that may not rest in the bowls at all, but simply hover just above them. Well, that's my thought.

This is quite incredibly gorgeous in every single way. I love the glow you've captured here. This is such a sensual photograph.

by Chipka Homepage »

May 20, 2013 1:52:49 am
Very nice!

by Brycer3d Homepage »

May 20, 2013 2:02:37 am
Are these bowls big enough to 'jump in' then Tara??? Lol.
Nice shot.

by jayfar Homepage »

May 20, 2013 2:17:48 am
Of course you have made them dominant in your excellent photo but I cannot tell how big they are or how they are situated with respect to the other things on display. Possibly some lighting scheme in the bowls? Possibly an eternal flame set from the past brought inside to preserve them? Funny they would say nothing about them. I expect you to solve this very soon or post another shot showing the entire situation to continue the mystery!

by whaleman Homepage »

May 20, 2013 3:27:09 am
Superb capture Tara.
God bless.

by kgb224 Homepage »

May 20, 2013 7:27:37 am
Interesting photo and the line on the pedestal are eye catching.

by EJD64 Homepage »

May 20, 2013 8:18:30 am
Wonderful shot auntie. Love the power crop pov. Who knows what architects smoke at the weekend LOL!

by Adobe_One_Kenobi Homepage »

May 20, 2013 9:09:26 am
I have no idea, but they are beautiful! I hope you two are safe from the violent weather across the middle of the country...

by MrsRatbag Homepage »

May 20, 2013 9:35:13 am
Been there, but don't know the answer to your question.

by pimanjc Homepage »

May 20, 2013 9:36:42 am
Maybe these bowls symbolize the mystery which is an essential part of such memorials, holding all the unanswered questions...

by ocoee53 Homepage »

May 20, 2013 10:25:04 am
Wow, Great light, POV and DOF. Brava

by Celart Homepage »

May 20, 2013 1:46:09 pm
Very nice POV of "something" :))

by moochagoo Homepage »

May 20, 2013 3:47:45 pm
You have a talented eye for this. This is something I lack. Still life or object photography... not a specialty for me. Bravo to you!

by FredNunes Homepage »

May 20, 2013 7:38:11 pm
Outstanding signature POV!! Well seen and captured!

by bobrgallegos Homepage »

May 20, 2013 10:18:12 pm
excellent image

by Blush Homepage »

May 20, 2013 10:38:47 pm
Well now you've got me curious, Tara.... I don't recall seeing these last time I was there – but that was a few years ago.. It was the last time my dad and I went out to take photos together before his health started going downhill...

I'll have to go through some of those photos and see if I see these; or better yet just go back to that Museum again and find them.

A wonderful photo, my friend! I love the golden tones of the light!

by RodS Homepage »

May 20, 2013 10:43:08 pm
Love the warm glow of the light & it's reflection on the bronze - this is a beautiful image. No idea about the bowls - you should call or write the museum & ask them...

by photosynthesis Homepage »


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