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The National Mall in Washington, District of Columbia — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Welcome to the Hirshhorn Museum's Plaza

 
 
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By Devry Becker Jones, November 20, 2017
1. Welcome to the Hirshhorn Museum's Plaza Marker
Inscription.  First opened in 1974, the Hirshhorn's plaza displays recent sculptures by international artists. More than 400,000 people visit the sculpture garden and plaza each year. So while we invite you to look, relax, study, stroll, sketch, and take photographs, we ask that you please do not touch the sculptures.
 
Erected by Smithsonian Institution.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Arts, Letters, Music.
 
Location. 38° 53.267′ N, 77° 1.361′ W. Marker is in The National Mall in Washington, District of Columbia. Marker can be reached from Independence Avenue Southwest west of 7th Street Southwest, on the right when traveling east. On the grounds of the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden. 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. The Slave Trade in Washington, DC (within shouting distance of this marker); The Williams Slave Pen (within shouting distance of this marker); 320th Bomb Group (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); First International Manned Space Mission
Welcome to the Hirshhorn Museum's Plaza Marker image. Click for full size.
By Devry Becker Jones, November 20, 2017
2. Welcome to the Hirshhorn Museum's Plaza Marker
(about 300 feet away); Large Acanthus Fountain (about 400 feet away); Neptune (about 400 feet away); Earth Day Park (about 400 feet away); Uranus (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in The National Mall.
 
More about this marker.
[Additional text on the marker:]
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.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 6, 2020. It was originally submitted on November 20, 2017, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 98 times since then and 12 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.
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