"Three times Lórien had been assailed from Dol Guldur, but the power that dwelt there was too great for any to overcome, unless Sauron had come there himself. When the Shadow passed, Celeborn came forth and led the host of Lórien over Anduin in many boats. They took Dol Guldur, and Galadriel threw down its walls and laid bare its pits, and the forest was cleansed.”
Are you taking the day off? This dude is; as part of the tradition of labor and rest, Labor Day is the one day each year when the Hammering Man statue stands still.
Also, if you’ve never read the artists’ statement about the Hammering Man by artist Jonathan Borofsky, you should do that today.
“The Hammering Man is a worker. The Hammering Man celebrates the worker. He or she is the village craftsman, the South African coal miner, the computer operator, the farmer or the aerospace worker-the people who produce the commodities on which we depend…I want this work to communicate to all the people of Seattle-not just the artists, but families, young and old. I would hope that children who see theHammering Man at work would connect their delight with the potential mysteries that a museum could offer them in their future.
At its heart, society reveres the worker. The Hammering Man is the worker in all of us.”
Read the whole thing here (the statement appears to be with citation because, after quite an internet rabbit hole exploration, it seems to have originally been hosted on the SAM website but, after a makeover, was never reinstated, which is kind of a shame) and think about what a huge year it’s been for the laborers here at home and how much more there is to come.