Downtown in Washington, District of Columbia — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Kate Raudenbusch (based New York, NY)
Future's Past 2010
— laser cut steel, light, and hourglass; Courtesy of the artist —
Visitors to Raudenbush's Future's Past encounter a temple to technology, abandoned and consumed by nature. Referencing both the roots of trees and computer circuitry, this modern ruin is a meditation on technology and the environment's vital role in our survival. The black pyramid evokes a Mayan temple, an homage to a collapsed culture and a reminder of the frailty of our own, while the tree alludes to the vegetation around Angkor temples and the sacred Bodhi, the fig tree under which Buddha found enlightenment. An hourglass inside the altar signals the urgency of our current technological evolution.
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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 5.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Arts, Letters, Music • Churches & Religion • Women.
Location. Marker has been permanently removed. It was located near 38° 54.073′ N, 77° 2.764′ W. Marker was in Downtown in Washington, District of Columbia. Marker was at the intersection of Pennsylvania Avenue Northwest and I Street Northwest, on the right when traveling west on Pennsylvania Avenue Northwest. Touch for map Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this location. Home of James Monroe (within shouting distance of this marker); George Washington (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Walter E. Washington Memorial Arch (about 300 feet away); Marquis de Lafayette Hall (about 300 feet away); Union Methodist Church (about 500 feet away); "The Seven Buildings" (about 600 feet away); GW's River Horse (about 700 feet away); a different marker also named George Washington (about 700 feet 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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