Air and Space Museum Plinths


Client: Smithsonian Air and Space Museum

Location: Washington, DC, United States

Completion date: 2007

Artwork budget: $85,000

Project Team


Becky Ault

ART Design Group

SS Casting Foundry

ART Research Enterprises, Inc

ART Research Enterprises, Inc.


Designed and Sculpted (4) 5′ x 5′ Stainless Steel Reliefs depicting historical air and space flights for the smithsonian Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC.


The goals for integrating the commissioned artwork was to have artistic elements representing Saturn Flight, Wright Brothers, Apollo Flight and a Boeing Engine to be installed on Granite Bollards in the front of the main entrance of the Air and Space Museum for visitors to be able to see and touch.


Becky Ault, artist, collaborated with the members of the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum for the design on each relief. Artist sculpted from clay each historical relief and then collaborated with ART Research Enterprises, the foundry, to cast each 5' x 5' Relief in Stainless Steel with Satin and Polish finishes.

Additional Information

The Smithsonian Air and Space Museum wanted artistic elements to serve also as a barrier for any attempts of terriorism to the Museum Building after the 9/11 attack. The elements also served as an educational tool for Children and Adults visiting the Air and Space Museum in Washington D.C.