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"The city of Atlanta's progressive building tradition, as well as its role as a developing cultural center, had a strong influence on the design," according to Meier's official website. The museum's extended ramp "is a symbolic gesture reaching out to the street and city, and a foil to the interior ramp that is the building's chief formal and circulatory element ... Light, whether direct or filtered, is a constant preoccupation throughout; apart from its functional aspect, light is a symbol of the museum's role as a place of aesthetic illumination and enlightened cultural values. The primary intention of the architecture is to encourage the discovery of these values, and to foster a contemplative appreciation of the museum's collection through spatial experience."
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In its state-by-state ranking, Architectural Digest pointed to the museum’s Auguste Rodin sculpture (below) donated by the French government after a 1926 plane crash killed prominent Atlantans visiting the Louvre. Rodin’s bronze sculpture titled “The Shade” was gifted to the High in 1968 in honor of the 106 art patrons lost.
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