Throne Ormament from The Miracle of St. James Hampton, by Mike Walsh
James Hampton
Secret Writing

The Throne

Jan. 1, 2000, Fear Not!, Smithsonian

Fig. 1: The Throne of the Third Heaven of the Nations Millennium General Assembly, on exhibit at the Smithsonian's National Museum of American Art, in Washington, D.C., United States of America. From Jan, 1, 2000, Smithsonian American Art Museum.

    The Throne is a magnificent work of religious art.  It consists of around 180 pieces.  The many winged figures give a sense of exaltation. This photo can only suggest the impact of the original.  Remarkably, this work of art was built, as the essay below by Mike Walsh notes, "from a very select collection of junk, including old furniture, burned-out light bulbs, jelly jars, carpet cylinders, desk blotters, cardboard, and foil. All the separate pieces are precariously held together with glue, tape, tacks, and pins."  And it was built by an even more remarkable man.