Spirit of Transportation 1895 by Karl Bitter - Philadelphia by MotherNature

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An historic building, Philadelphia’s 30th Street Station is still a bustling hub for trains, and it sports some famous statuary. This terra-cotta plaque “Spirit of Transportation” by Karl Bitter (1867–1915) is located on the west wall of the waiting area of 30th Street Station in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. It was moved from it’s original home in Broad Street Station in 1933.

The railroad station scene in the movie, WITNESS, was filmed here.

I couldn’t capture the power of this relief sculpture with my simple, little camera, so I combined a picture of the whole with three closer ups of portions of the relief.


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I love nature, science, poetry, prose, art, music – you name it! Now that I’m retired, time is mine to spend as I wish (pretty much), and I wish to take pictures of our natural world.

Bringing the outdoors in for others to see, especially those who may not get the opportunity to wander next to a pond, fish at the beach, or tramp in the woods, is a pleasure. I hope to build a window to the wonders of nature that fill our everyday lives.

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  • Celeste Mookherjee
    Celeste Mookhe...about 2 years ago

    You came up with a good solution to not being able to convey what you wanted with a single overall capture. The zoomed-in detail pieces convey more information when combined with the main image. Well done!

  • The pros would do a creditable job; I make do with what I’ve got but I’m not unhappy with this. The incredible detail is amazing, and the work needs to be viewed in person in “real life”. I do wish they’d come up with a way to light it and show it off properly. Right now it sits on a darkish wall.

    – MotherNature

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