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The MMA "Lighthouse"

Early in the design process for the MMA Library we were asked to consider how nautical themes might be woven into the building. Specifically, the design committee asked about the possibility of a lighthouse.  With that in mind we worked closely with MMA to develop the grand staircase "light core" which serves not only as the light source for the main stair but also as a beacon to those entering the academy. The words, integrated with the Mercator projection, represent the complete text of Nathaniel Philbrick’s award winning novel “In the Heart of the Sea”.