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 —
Kate Raudenbush is a self-taught, Burning Man-bred sculptor, known for her large-scale, geometric works. Her immersive, experiential environments are spaces for exploration, human connection, and intellectual curiosity—even sacred—works serve as allegories for social and environmental concerns.
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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Do not climb on sculpture
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.)
Location. 38° 54.073′ N, 77° 2.764′ W. Marker is in Downtown, District of Columbia, in Washington. Marker is at the intersection of Pennsylvania Avenue NW and I Street NW, on the right when traveling west on Pennsylvania Avenue NW. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Washington DC 20006, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. 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 "The Seven Buildings" (about 600 feet away); Ingrid Bergman (was about 700 feet away but has been reported missing. ); GW's River Horse (about 700 feet away).
Also see . . . No Spectators: The Art of Burning Man. (Submitted on March 28, 2018, by Devry Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.)
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