22" Atlantis Gong on Rambo Rimbaud Gong Stand - FREE SHIPPING
Yes! This item comes with the gong, gong stand and a gong mallet. Thanks!
Gong - 22 inches in diameter
40" to 53" in Height (Adjustable)
The lower bar is about 13” from the floor
In July of 2011, the space shuttle Atlantis launched successfully, the final shuttle flight of the NASA shuttle program. This is a matter of public record.
Two weeks later, Atlantis safely touched down from its return flight. This is also a matter of public record.
What you may not know is that, after this safe arrival, when they opened the pod bay doors, it was discovered that Atlantis brought something back. Something unexpected.
When the hydraulics eased open the doors, bright Florida sunshine fell down on the stowaway, a 22” gong on a square, sturdy-looking stand. As they looked closer they found a mallet lying at the feet of the gong.
The welcome home crew of select scientists and military officials decided then and there to put the gong to the test. The bravest among them picked up the mallet and swung it at the center of the gong.
As, with repeated blows, the sounds issuing from the gong rolled upward from low tones mid-range sparkle, the consciousness of the scientists and soldiers likewise travelled upward- heavenward- through space and toward the stars. They marvelled at the variety of sounds of which the gong was capable.
Cosmic information flooded their minds. They knew the gong would be named “Atlantis”. They experienced all of its 22 dimensions.
They knew the stand was called “Rambo/Rimbaud”. They considered the implications of that. They saw the stand was constructed using physics and calculations very similar to ones with which they were familiar.
And then they saw more. They saw that the shuttle Atlantis itself, aware that this was its final journey, and suffering a bout of melancholy had rendered the 22” gong out of the very stuff of its journey- stardust, space ice, meteoroid fragments and imperceptible rays and waves.
They felt that Atlantis did not intend this as a headstone for the end of its journey, not by a long shot.
Atlantis intended the 22” gong which bore its name to be a device to celebrate all that had been accomplished and to acknowledge all the mysteries that still existed.
The Rambo/Rimbaud stand was there to give them a stable place from which to launch their celebration.
They knew Atlantis did not want a eulogy. It had given them a poem.
“When he shall die,
Take him and cut him out in little stars,
And he will make the face of heaven so fine
That all the world will be in love with night
And pay no worship to the garish sun.”
- William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet
“Live by love though the stars walk backward.”
- E.E. Cummings
The 22” Atlantis gong on Rambo/Rimbaud stand- perfect for anyone with stars in their eyes, or for capturing the anti-gravity of any given situation.