Wednesday, May 23, 2012

art surrounds us

A post just to say how uplifting public/outdoor art, sculpture gardens, can be.   The first several photos here are at the National Gallery of Art's Sculpture Garden. At the centre of the park is a huge fountain and seating area which was full of people each time we went through. The photos on their site are better than these and worth looking at but these were fun to take.

Above - Girls, by Magdalena Abakanowicz.

Thinker on a Rock, by Barry Flanagan.  (Made more special for me, with the addition of someone I know and love : ) )

One of Hector Guimards Metropolitain entrances.  Very cool.  Felt like I was in Paris for a second.

Typewriter Eraser by Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen.

 Spider by Louise Bourgeois.

House, by Roy Lichtenstein.

This beautiful tree "Graft" is by Roxy Paine.  (And yes, that's a real bird perching in it).

Some shots follow of the incredible Ai Weiwei "Circle of Animals/Zodiac Heads" at the Hirshhorn. Well worth looking at the Hirshhorn's website on this.  

A few more from the Hirshhorn Sculpture Garden:

I loved the Hirshhorn sign.  Because art does surround us.

 Also, if you have time, check out this cool aerial view of the building.  Very neat.

Also, this is amazing - just found it as I was scrolling around on the wonderful Hirshhorn site.  A manifesto by Marina Abramovic.

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