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Upright Motive No. 1: Glenkiln Cross

It’s the accidental sculpture. The original lies on a hilltop on the Glenkiln Farm Estate in Scotland where a shepherd once oversaw his flock. British sculptor Henry Moore made the 11-foot tall bronze cross with a small crosspiece near the … Continue reading

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Best places to see downtown fireworks?

Can I say on watching fireworks on TV from my living room is my plan and not sound like a crotchety old man? I spent the 1980s with a million others listening to the Beach Boys concerts on the national … Continue reading

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Ahoy there – stop by the U.S. Navy Memorial

Washington has many wonderful fountains. The World War II Memorial’s may be the best at night. The Library of Congress’ Court of Neptune is akin to Rome’s Trevi Fountain. The ones on the sides of the U.S. Capitol are interesting. … Continue reading

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Shutters that prevent a shudder

The Stephen DeCatur House is one of the more interesting homes around Lafayette Park by the White House. And why not since it was the home of a very interesting person. Commodore DeCatur was a naval hero, having battled the … Continue reading

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Two-Piece Reclining Figure is one different approach

That Henry Moore was quite a character. The British sculptor’s “Two-Piece Reclining Figure” by the Hirshhorn Sculpture Gardens on 7th and Jefferson N.W. is one of 7 bronze copies that is supposed to be someone lying down. You may have … Continue reading

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A rebel becomes a liberator – José Eloy Alfaro Delgado

José Eloy Alfaro Delgado (June 25, 1842 – January 28, 1912) was Ecuador’s president from 1895-1901 and 1906-11. A leader in the Liberal Revolution of 1895, “Viejo Luchador” (Old Warrior) created national unity, secured its borders and brought new transportation … Continue reading

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The Big Red One – literally

I’ve walked by this monument often over the past 30 years because my wife works nearby. And I knew what it was and even seen it in the spring with the red flowers filling the dirt area in the photo … Continue reading

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Martin Luther soars above the daily life

It’s not just the statue that catches my eye, but the background. At the proper angle, they combine for a commanding presence. Martin Luther and the Luther Place Memorial Church in the background at Thomas Circle are a perfect partnership … Continue reading

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What the Puck is this statue?

Something just makes me want to smack the smile off this statue. Puck, that annoying fairy of Shakespeare’s Midsummer Night’s Dream, is a four-foot statue outside the Folger Shakespeare Library. He looks in mock horror at a fountain, but something … Continue reading

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Wordless Wednesday: FBI style is called Brutalism – really

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The poet of New Spain

Juana Ines de la Cruz (1651-1695) was considered the poet of New Spain in the late 17th century when women were forbidden to read or write in her hometown just outside Mexico City. Sister Juana was renowned for her theological … Continue reading

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Witherspoon caught at crossroads

Sometimes, the busiest venues can be the worst places to honor past Americans with statues. John Witherspoon is along Connecticut Ave. and N St. N.W. on a spit of land barely big enough for the 10-foot statue high atop a … Continue reading

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Admiral still leads way for Peru

Entering the Peruvian embassy on 17th and Pennsylvania Ave. NW means getting by Miguel Grau first. The magnificent bust of the country’s person of the past millennium dominates the doorway. There wasn’t room to put it elsewhere and what the … Continue reading

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Crikey – Australian seal is its own animal

The Australian Seal is a sculpture like no other around town. Featuring a kangaroo and an emu, the 5 by 8 foot bronze sculpture in front of the Australian Embassy at 16th St. and Massachusetts Ave. N.W. stops passerby. Just … Continue reading

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More than a pile of rocks

The grounds of the Organizational States of America are filled with artwork. One looks like a pile of rocks. That’s because it is. According to a nearby marker, the stones are an Inuksuk — “A northern stone land marker used … Continue reading

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Vaquero unleashes a wild ride

It is a moment of madness. The Mexican-American cowboy with his gun raised skyward and his horse appearing earthbound trying to buck the rider. Vaquero captures one wild moment. Outside the American Art Museum-National Portrait Gallery on F St. between … Continue reading

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Clara Barton’s office for missing soldiers no longer lost, too

There seems a certain irony that Clara Barton’s office for missing soldiers was itself lost for 130 years. Seriously, how can office space in the middle of downtown Washington go unseen for more than a century? I could see one … Continue reading

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Mary Surratt boarding house now Chinese restaurant

Mary Surratt was one of four people hanged in the aftermath of Abraham Lincoln’s assassination on April 14, 1865. She was the first woman in U.S. history to be executed despite cries of mercy for such an old woman. Uh, … Continue reading

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Modern Head requires standing still to catch meaning

I walked past Modern Head several times and didn’t see him. I took this photo and still didn’t see him. But once I looked at the photo in the right angle — there he was. Wow, it sure took me … Continue reading

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Hahnemann: Hero of Homeopathy

No way you know what this monument is unless you’re a pharmacist. Wandering in Scott Circle where Massachusetts Ave. and 16th St. N.W. meet is one of the widest monuments away from the mall. Four bas relief panels each four … Continue reading

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