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Sculpture Garden, Part 1: National Gallery of Art

August 16, 2011

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:

Some visitors taking a chance to cool off in the fountain (their feet, at least).
Visitors cool their feet in a fountain

Abstract, large, and bold red: a horse. Cheval Rouge (Red Horse) by Alexander Calder.
Red Horse Sculpture 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.
House sculpture by Roy Lichtenstein

A portion of the large silver metal tree sculpture. Graft by Roxy Paine.
Metal tree sculpture by Roxy Paine

Some pyramids have three sides, and others have four. Four-Sided Pyramid by Sol LeWitt.
Pyramid sculpture 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
Rabbit sculpture by  Barry Flanagan and eraser sculpture by Claes Oldenburg

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. August 16, 2011 7:04 am

    These are great shots of the sculpture garden. Calder and Lichtenstein are always classics. The large silver metal tree sculpture Graft by Roxy Paine is amazing.

  2. sue williams permalink
    August 16, 2011 7:44 am

    I really enjoy your perspective on the large sculptures. And I love the photo of the folks enjoying the fountain. Makes me want to sit on its edge and contemplate the pros and cons of a giant typewriter eraser.

  3. August 17, 2011 4:35 am

    Great pictures!!

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