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  • Posted Jan. 28, 2010 by Paula in Landscape. Viewed 2308 times

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The Awakening at National Harbor… used to be at Hain's Point. I was there in December after a big blizzard and got some shots of it in the snow but the immediate area was roped off. This time the grounds were open for a closer view. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Awakening_%28sculpture%29 [en.wikipedia.org]

The aluminum sculpture is about 100 feet long and comprised of 5 pieces buried in the ground. The arm is about 17 feet tall. It is a really unusual piece, a bit disturbing, a bit surprising. People seem to enjoy it and want to touch it, sit on it, climb up on it…I think it looked better in the old location, which was an open field with some nearby trees in a parkland setting. But, more people are probably seeing it in this location.

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    • # Soubhagya Sagar Behera

      It scares the sh*t out of me! It is fantastic photography (esp 4, nice perspective), but the sculpture looks real odd to me, The limbs look disproportionately large and the expression on the face looks like the statue is constipated(if that is possible)

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    • # Marsha

      Such an interesting, very powerful sculpture...I like your title to go with it!! Very well-captured....

      2010.01.29 Edited Reply Cancel

    • # Sadhya Rippon

      I think this sculpture is rather disturbing. It looks a bit desperate. What did you feel Paula?
      But great shots you have taken.

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    • # Stefan Fletcher

      I'm impressed by your photography - you've captured the monumental aspect rather well - but not at all by the sculpture; all it is, is monumental, and is it me or is the hand outsized for the arm in No. 1?

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