The Thomas Jefferson Building: A Virtual Tour of the Library of Congress

The Members of Congress Room
Orange Ceiling Panel - Light of Excellence

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The orange panel, the second color of the spectrum, illustrates the Light of Excellence. Inspired by Longfellow's poem "Excelsior," Gutherz represented Excellence through a spirit standing midway on a pyramid of steps symbolizing Progress. She beckons to man to join her and holds in one hand the wreath which crowns Excellence's efforts. The cherubs represent Architecture and Sculpture, Transportation, the Phonograph and Telephone, and Invention and Design.

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