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The Chess Players: It’s not over until it’s over

I’m telling you, the player on the left could still win this match. Come on, take the castle already. This game has been going on for an eternity. Well, at least since 1983. The Chess Players is one of those … Continue reading

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Temperance Fountain is all wet

It has been called “the city’s ugliest statue.” Indeed, fine arts commissions were established afterwards to prevent such monstrosities while a Senate resolution once tried to move it. But the Temperance Fountain at Seventh St. and Pennsylvania Ave. N.W. across … Continue reading

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Lily Pond: art for art’s sake, I guess

On this site was the first water to be piped through the streets for city residents. I’ll let you have a moment to absorb all that. The Lily Pond in John Marshall Park at 4th and C Sts. N.W. by … Continue reading

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There are no boundaries to art

Sponge Bob is better known than a plumbob, but at the National Building Museum you’ll see the latter. Bordering the museum on 4th, 5th, F and G Sts. NW, the Boundary Markers are 10-feet tall with a brick base and … Continue reading

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John Paul Jones Memorial lost in traffic

One of the feistiest American admirals of all time has been marooned on a traffic island. John Paul Jones is on a spit of land at the intersection of 17th St. and Independence Ave. SW just a few yards from … Continue reading

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All I am saying . . . is give Peace Monument a chance

I hate when monuments are in traffic circles because 99.9 percent of people passing by can’t take a second to see them. Not if you don’t want to smash into someone. I know some of these monuments were here before … Continue reading

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Gen. Ulysses S. Grant Memorial is thrilling

It’s the emotion more than the sheer size of the Gen. Ulysses. S. Grant Memorial that makes it a titan. You can hear the bugler play. A cavalry man about to die under the crush of hooves while a comrade … Continue reading

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When the tourists are gone

I strolled by the National World War II Memorial the other day. It was 30 degrees with the threat of coming sleet. Needless to say, I pretty much had the place to myself. A couple mounted U.S. Park policemen, a … Continue reading

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Whispering to Yoko Ono

I’m a sucker for outdoor sculptures. Indeed, I’d rather be outside than inside so Washington is a great town for tour guiding since most monuments, memorials and statues are outdoors. In another life, I’d like to be a U.S. Park … Continue reading

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