The National Mall in Washington, District of Columbia — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Welcome to the Hirshhorn Museum's Plaza
Sculptures are more fragile than most people realize. Steel and other metal works are made from several pieces welded together. These connections can weaken and break when weight is applied. Bronze sculptures are actually hollow casts with thin surfaces that are easily dented or scrathced. In addition, all outdoor sculptures suffer from urban air pollution, so we protect them with a delicate coating of clear wax. But this invisible protectant erodes when touched, even lightly, leaving that part of the piece exposed to the elements. Also, fingernails and jewelry may cause tiny scratches that can never be fixed. For these reasons, climbing on, sitting on, or leaning against any sculpture is not permitted.
Please help preserve these remarkable artworks for future generations.
Location. 38° 53.266′ N, 77° 1.393′ W. Marker is in The National Mall, District of Columbia, in Washington. Marker can be reached from Independence Avenue Southwest west of 7th Street Southwest, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Washington DC 20591, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A different marker also named Welcome to the Hirshhorn Museum's Plaza (within shouting distance of this marker); Earth Day Park (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Large Acanthus Fountain (about 300 feet away); a different marker also named Welcome to the Hirshhorn Museum's Plaza (about 300 feet away); The Slave Trade in Washington, DC (about 300 feet away); The Williams Slave Pen (about 300 feet away); Neptune (about 300 feet away); Welcome to the Hirshhorn Museum's Sculpture Garden (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in The National Mall.
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Credits. This page was last revised on March 24, 2019. This page originally submitted on November 20, 2017, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 68 times since then and 9 times this year. Last updated on February 11, 2018, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on November 20, 2017, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.