Listen to the reports
on education in America and you will hear an undercurrent of worry that we are
lacking in the basic sciences. The educators are quick to point out that we are
fascinated by the mystic and occult to the detriment of our basic understanding
of the world around us. With the popularity of the movie 'Reign of Fire'
about the return of dragons to this world and the destruction of our
civilization in an almost cataclysmic manner, perhaps one can understand their
worry. The premise and science underlying the film are so poor that I had to
switch that part of my brain off and just escape into the action. But I do love
dragons and it was interesting to see a bald Matthew McConaughey.
But for all of you
naysayers and doubters, Atlanta has its own dragon, a monstrous metallic beast
standing 13' tall with a wingspan of over 23' locked in combat with a medieval
French knight (some would say St. George, myself Launcelot). The giant metal sculpture, visible as you round Terrell Mill from
Cobb Parkway, was commissioned by Phelps Hope, president of Aspen Productions -
a meeting and event planning company, to symbolize our struggles in everyday
life. The knight, representing Phelps' company, symbolizes their core values of
honor, integrity, and ethics. The sculpture created by Colorado artist Sean
Guerrero (see other Guerrero
sculptures) took over ten months to create and is fashioned from 400 car
bumpers, soup spoons, and other chrome pieces and weighs over 5500 pounds.