Who Am I? A steel sculpture rising to the sky.

I am all of 85 feet tall with a very steely nature. Surrounded by tiny points of lights, my sculptural curves transport the prayers in the form of binary code. Who am I?

The Millennium Spire at the National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows.

The National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows is one of the largest outdoor shrines in North America. It was founded in 1958 by Fr. Edwin J. Guild, OMI and is located in Belleville, Illinois, just fifteen minutes east of St. Louis.

The Millennium Spire is an 85 foot tall stainless steel sculpture rising out of a Candelarium built into a hillside above the National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows' Amphitheater. It reflects the light of the sun during the day and is continually illuminated with light emitting diodes (LEDs) making it a beacon heralding the Third Millennium. Prayer and petition requests that are sent to the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate through their web site are converted into a binary (numerical) language before they are symbolically sent upwards toward God on the network of LED lights built into the curve of the Millennium Spire.

Southwest Illinois News has more about the Millennium Spire.