Recently I ventured into downtown DC (something I hope to do more frequently next year when I take early retirement), camera in hand, to visit the East Wing, the National Gallery, and the National Sculpture Garden. I saw a wonderful exhibit at the East Wing, “Diaghilev and the Ballet Russes,” which has enchanting costumes and film clips of revivals of some of the ballets from that time. (Barishnikov! Nureyev! But I digress . . .)
My afternoon ended with a stroll through the National Sculpture Garden, full of amazing works of art, carefully manicured shrubs, large trees and some annuals, and a large fountain great for people-watching. Here are some of the images I captured. Plan a visit on your next trip to Washington!
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With the National Archives visible in the background, “Four Sided Pyramid” (foreground) and “Thinker on a Rock” (right mid-ground) vie for attention as you enter the Sculpture Garden from the Mall side.
Chair Transformation No. 208 (1966) by Lucas Samaras is fascinating from any angle.
Vitex agnus-castus and coleus add color to beds in front of the Garden’s large water fountain.
David Smith’s “Cubi XI” in another area of the National Sculpture Garden
In front of “Four Sided Pyramid,” white anemones provide a soft contrast to the angular, static sculpture in the background.
“Graft” by Roxy Paine is a stainless steel and concrete sculpture of a fantastic looking tree.
Another perspective on “Graft.” This sculpture is enormous!
Mandevilla adorn the side of the cafe adjacent to the fountain. In the winter, there’s ice skating here!
My favorite sculpture, for years, is this: “Typewriter Eraser, Scale X,” by Claes Oldenburg and Coosje Van Bruggen (1999). But maybe that’s just because I’m old enough to remember typewriters!
Tags: D600, design, garden, public gardens, sculpture in the garden
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