Downtown in Washington, District of Columbia — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Mr. and Mrs. Ferguson (based in San Francisco, CA)
Ursa Major 2016
— pennies, steel, Styrofoam, and concrete; Collection of Judy and Steven Gluckstern —
In their working relationship, Lisa, a filmmaker, develops a concept for a piece while Robert, a welder, determines how to execute it. Their work with pennies began in 2013 as the Canadian government began phasing out the coin. The durability and metaphor of the penny appealed to Lisa, as did its metaphorical connection to her journey, so she designed Penny the Goose, a Canada goose made of Canadian and U.S. coins. The Fergusons, with the help of friends, went on to create the much larger, penny-covered grizzly bears Ursa Major (2016) and Ursa Mater (2017). Ursa Major integrates 170,000 pennies and takes its name from the constellation, inviting those standing below the sculpture to look up at the night sky. The tactility, whimsicality, and absurdity of these painstakingly
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This sculpture is one of six outdoor installations presented as part of No Spectators: The Art of Burning Man, a takeover of the entire Renwick Gallery that extends into the Golden Triangle neighborhood.
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Erected 2018 by Smithsonian Institution, Renwick Gallery Smithsonian American Art Museum, Golden Triangle, Lyft. (Marker Number 4.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Air & Space • Animals • Arts, Letters, Music • Industry & Commerce.
Location. Marker Touch for map. Marker was at or near this postal address: 919 19th Street Northwest, Washington DC 20006, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this location. Nineteenth Street Baptist Church (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Foon Sham (about 500 feet away); "The Seven Buildings" (about 600 feet away); Home of James Monroe (about 700 feet away); Hurrah! (about 800 feet away); Edward R. Murrow (approx. 0.2 miles away); Union Methodist Church (approx. 0.2 miles away); "The Bachelor" (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Downtown.
Also see . . . No Spectators: The Art of Burning Man. (Submitted on March 28, 2018, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.)
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