Tag Archives: Washington D.C.

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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Mary Surratt signs from Lincoln assassination

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Eastern Market offers history and halibut

At Eastern Market, your job’s not your credit. You gotta pay cash for the produce. Well, that’s funny if you’re a local because Eastern Motors  used to run a commercial nonstop. Otherwise, you’re thinking I’m nuts. Anyway, Eastern Market opened … Continue reading

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Sometimes attractions are in the bank

You can’t miss the gigantic vault door in the lobby of the Courtyard Marriott Washington Convention Center on 9th and F Sts. N.W. The one-time home of Riggs Bank was built in 1891. It was quite the place with vaulted … Continue reading

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Boy Scout Memorial combines past and present

The Boy Scout represents the aspirations of all past, present, and future Scouts throughout the world. He carries a staff that has been taken from the male figure’s branch of peace. The scout wears the traditional uniform of the group … Continue reading

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Statue of Dr. Philip Jaisohn looks like the real thing

Many statues kinda, sorta, maybe look like the person. Given many of the subjects are long dead, it’s not always easy to know how striking the likeness may be. But outside the South Korean Embassy along Massachusetts Ave. is not … Continue reading

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San Martin rides tall among Latin American memorials

  When researching the story of Gen. Jose de San Martin, it sounded so much like the nearby statue of Gen. Simon Bolivar that I had to double check I was looking at the latter. No wonder their statues are … Continue reading

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The Chilean poet who became his own pen name

Neftalí Ricardo Reyes Basoalto wasn’t the first writer to use a pen name. But, not many make it their legal name. The Chilean poet who became a diplomat and politician named himself after Czech poet Jan Neruda in becoming Pablo … Continue reading

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Something different to visit for locals and tourists alike

It’s a common question from both tourists and friends – what’s something different to see in town? It’s a question I find as wide open as the ocean and as difficult to cross. A few questions come first by me. … Continue reading

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