Walter Führer was born in Zurich and moved to Montreal in 1955. His work has been exhibited at the National Gallery of Canada and the Musée Rodin in Paris and is part of the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts permanent collection.
Transcendence was one of twenty artworks commissioned by the House of Seagram for the Expo 67 World Fair and was donated to Loyola College in 1968. The 10,000 pound, 24-foot stainless steel, multi-part structure represents man and space travel. The brass ball in the centre is a motorized globe. Viewed from the side, the piece suggests a human figure while from the front it resembles a rocket.