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The Hall of Ideas is a celebration of our common heritage—the great ideas that have inspired individuals and transformed society throughout the ages. A neoclassical hall built in 1934, the renovated Hall welcomes visitors to The Mary Baker Eddy Library (see Photo Gallery).
An original work of art created by acclaimed glass sculptor Howard Ben Tré serves as the centerpiece of this grand hall. The cast glass and bronze sculpture acts as a fountain of constantly changing quotations from some of history’s most influential thinkers.
In a unique collaboration with media designer David Small, a graduate of the MIT Media Lab, state-of-the-art computer programming is used to project words and ideas throughout the Hall of Ideas. The quotes bubble up from the center of the basin of water in the fountain, flow around the rim toward observers, and finally overflow onto the floor and up the walls onto scrims.