While wandering around Washington, D. C. last week, we came upon a sculpture garden. I can't remember which of the major institutions owned it. Smithsonian maybe?? In any case it was a lovely respite of green amidst all the buildings and roads. I loved some of the pieces such as this full-sized tree made of some kind of silver metal. It's about the only kind of tree I want--no shedding leaves, won't grow too big.
I also LOVED this one called "Thinker on a Rock."
Some pieces I just wanted to rename. The artist called this one "Four-Sided Pyramid."
I'd like to call it "I Probably Should Have Been An Architect."
Before looking to see what the artist titled this one, I chose to call it "I
Thought They Said These Were Stacking Chairs."
The artist entitled it "Chair Transformation Number 20B.
The artist called this next one Stele II.
I saw it more as "The Emperor Has No Clothes" in honor on another time when people agreed they saw something great when there was nothing there.
This one is quaint and whimsical to me.
I called it "No One Understands Me" and I hadn't even been to the museum that had old typewriters and heard all the little kids says, "But what is it?" to their parents. I am so freakin' old that the typewriters I learned on are displayed in a museum. Who remembers these erasers with the brush to clear away all the eraser crumbs? Yes, for all you people under retirement age, it is an eraser. The artist quite appropriately titled this one "Typewriter Eraser."
Advice for those going to D.C. Go in the winter during the week if you prefer a less crowded visit. There were so many people, so many families, so many children's groups this time of year. The museums do handle everything really well. There were no long waits. I'm just not a big crowd person. If you do go this time of year, go earlier in the day. The number of people on the streets and in the museums grows larger and larger throughout the day. Also, consider staying outside the city at a place near a Metro station. We stayed in Silver Spring, MD just a few blocks from a station. The Metro is easy to use, brightly lit, runs on time, and is very clean. The people in the area were polite and helpful. We had three full days for seeing the sights and probably didn't even see half of what is there. It's back on our list as a day trip whenever we take a driving trip south.