The Redwoods

July 20, 2019 at 8:25 pm Leave a comment

Poem by Joseph P. Strauss


Art by Alice Shaw

Here, sown by the Creator’s hand.
In serried ranks, the Redwoods stand:
No other clime is honored so,
No other lands their glory know.

The greatest of Earth’s living forms,
Tall conquerors that laugh at storms;
Their challenge still unanswered rings,
Through fifty centuries of kings.

The nations that with them were young,
Rich empires, with their forts far-flung,
Lie buried now-their splendor gone:
But these proud monarchs still live on.

So shall they live, when ends our days,
When our crude citadels decay;
For brief the years allotted man,
But infinite perennials’ span.

This is their temple, vaulted high,
And here, we pause with reverent eye,
With silent tongue and awestruck soul;
For here we sense life’s proper goal:

To be like these, straight, true and fine,
to make our world like theirs, a shrine;
Sink down, Oh, traveler, on your knees,
God stands before you in these trees.

Strauss Poems

No Other Lands Their Glory Know

Public art: Alice Shaw at San Francisco International Airport

Redwoods on Mount Tamalpais Greet Travelers at San Francisco International Airport’s International Terminal

Wescover: No Other Lands Their Glory Know by Alice Show

At San Francisco International Airport Gate G95, guests are stunned with the artwork titled “No Other Lands Their Glory Know” by Bay Area photographer Alice Shaw. This photographic mural is an image of a redwood forest on Mount Tamalpais in Marin County, California just north of the City and County of San Francisco. Visitors are invited to enjoy the natural splendor of The Golden State while at the airport.

Shaw’s recent work centers around humanity’s conscious effort to be less prone to conquer the environment and more determined to actively preserve the planet’s natural beauty. Inspired by how gold and other precious metals were used in Byzantine art to beautify and revere paintings and icons, Shaw enshrines parts of her black-and-white images with twenty-two karat gold leaf to instill a renewed reverence for nature.

X: No Other Lands Their Glory Know

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