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Vatican Museum - Vatican City, Vatican, Spinning Globe at Vatican Museum (Sfera con Sfera - "Sphere within a Sphere)"

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Gary Harris on April 28, 2010

Wow Nora....thats amazing. What does it symbolize? Great shot. Cheers my friend. Gary.

Nameofrose on April 28, 2010

Gary, I have found some information about Sfera con Spero: So, what's with the gold ball in the courtyard! I have gotten many e-mails wanting to know what the unusual sculpture is that is the centerpiece of the Courtyard of the Pinecone at the Vatican Museums. This bronze sculpture is called Sphere Within Sphere (Sfera Con Sfera) and it measures four meters in diameter. It was created by artist Arnaldo Pomodoro in 1990 for the Vatican Museums. Pomodoro's specialty is the casting of gigantic columns and/or globes. In this magnificent sculpture, the fractured surface of the outer sphere reveals a very complex inner sphere that represents the harsh difficulties that the modern world finds itself in at the end of the second millennium.

These spheres can be found in several parts of the world including: the Vatican Museum's Cortile della Pigna (pictured), Trinity College in Dublin, & the United Nations headquarters in New York.

Gary Harris on April 28, 2010

Thanks very much for that Nora, I thought to myself it may of represented our troubled world. It's a great shot with a lot of fact im giving it a BEST OF Vote. Well done my friend. Cheers Gary.

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  • Uploaded on April 27, 2010
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    by Nameofrose
    • Camera: Canon PowerShot S5 IS
    • Taken on 2009/04/07 17:28:48
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    • F/Stop: f/4.000
    • ISO Speed: ISO80
    • Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV
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