The National Mall in Washington, District of Columbia — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Welcome to the Hirshhorn Museum's Sculpture Garden
Erected by Smithsonian Institution.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Arts, Letters, Music • Environment. A significant historical year for this entry is 1880.
Location. 38° 53.354′ N, 77° 1.384′ W. Marker is in The National Mall in Washington, District of Columbia. Marker is on Jefferson Drive Southwest west of 7th Street Southwest, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Washington DC 20565, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. We Come in Peace, 2018 (a few steps from this marker); Double Candle, 2018 (within shouting distance of this marker); For Gordon Bunshaft, 2006, fabricated 2007-2008 (within shouting distance of this marker); Monarchs on the Move (within shouting distance of this A Common Language (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Arts and Industries Building (about 400 feet away); a different marker also named Arts and Industries Building (about 400 feet away); Uranus (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in The National Mall.
More about this marker.
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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 scratched. 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.
— Submitted November 21, 2017, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.
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