"For everything that rises must converge."
--Pierre Tielhard Chardin, Omega Point
New jewelry made out of old jewelry.
There's a Denis Johnson poem called "The Throne of the Third Heaven of the Nations Millennium General Assembly," inspired by a sculpture of the same name that James Hampton, a janitor, constructed from scavenged and salvaged scraps. It's the only thing Hampton ever made, and it took him 14 years to complete. The American Art Museum now hosts the Throne, which fills a 27-foot space. On the wall of the garage where Hampton built his masterpiece was a sign: "Where there is no vision, the people perish."