Sculpture Garden, Part 1: National Gallery of Art
The National Gallery of Art’s Sculpture Garden offers a way to see artwork mixed with nature, rather than inside a museum or gallery. But then, the air conditioning of museums is a solid benefit to get out of the heat and humidity of many Washington, DC summer days.
Still, if you can take the heat — or if the weather is pleasant — the Sculpture Garden is a groovy place to visit. The center of the garden sports a large fountain in which visitors can dip their feet during the summer, and it transforms into an ice skating rink during colder months (more than meets the eye, eh?). Around the grounds are 17 sculptures, and descriptions can be found here.
A few shots I took during a recent visit:
Abstract, large, and bold red: a horse. Cheval Rouge (Red Horse) by Alexander Calder.
A neat exercise in perception, as the house’s angles seem to change depending which side you look at it. There’s only one house; I took photos from the left and right sides of it. House I by Roy Lichtenstein.
A portion of the large silver metal tree sculpture. Graft by Roxy Paine.
Some pyramids have three sides, and others have four. Four-Sided Pyramid by Sol LeWitt.
On the left, a rabbit is busy pondering where the next carrot will come from. Thinker on a Rock by Barry Flanagan. On the right, an enormous eraser for those enormous mistakes. Typewriter Eraser, Scale X Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen