Shaped into a Vessel

July 11, 2010

The campus of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle is the setting for a large sculpture called “Vessel” by Ed Carpenter.  Beneath the metal frame are some benches that invite contemplation of the soaring space.

Vessel by Ed Carpenter

Looking up into blue infinity

Soaring like the spirit

A rainbow of colors caught in the metal grid

Colored reflections mark the surrounding space

As You Go Through Life
by Ella Wheeler Wilcox
 
DON’T look for the flaws as you go through life;
 And even when you find them,
It is wise and kind to be somewhat blind
 And look for the virtue behind them.
For the cloudiest night has a hint of light
 Somewhere in its shadows hiding;
It is better by far to hunt for a star,
 Than the spots on the sun abiding.
The current of life runs ever away
 To the bosom of God’s great ocean.
Don’t set your force ‘gainst the river’s course
 And think to alter its motion.
Don’t waste a curse on the universe—
 Remember it lived before you.
Don’t butt at the storm with your puny form,
 But bend and let it go o’er you.
The world will never adjust itself
 To suit your whims to the letter.
Some things must go wrong your whole life long,
 And the sooner you know it the better.
It is folly to fight with the Infinite,
 And go under at last in the wrestle;
The wiser man shapes into God’s plan
 As water shapes into a vessel.