Martin Puryear's The Ladder Of Booker T. Washington

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The Ladder of Booker T. Washington is a sculpture by Martin Puryear, which features a wooden ladder, which is suspended from the ceiling with nearly invisible cables. The ladder itself was hand crafted, made from an ash tree that had taken on an odd zig zag growth pattern, which is still present in the ladder. The ladder is four hundred and thirty-two feet long, twenty-two and three fourths of an inch wide at the bottom which narrows to three inches at the top. The ladder is surrounded by three walls, one to the left, right, and behind the sculpture all made of concrete. With three lights casting three different shadows of the ladder onto the floor and walls. The activity with this sculpture started as we normally would start any reading
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