Hirshorn Sculpture Garden

Back to Lee’s posts about D.C visits.  Written by him – Lee

Most of the Smithsonian buildings are closed, due to CoVid, but even though the Hirshorn Museum is closed, the outdoor sculpture garden is not. And it’s free, which is lovely. It’s on the south side of the mall, just north (across Independence) of the Hirshorn between the Arts & Industries and Air and Space buildings. The Smithsonian Metro station is just 1500 feet away. 

There’s a handful of sculptures at street level and then you go down a level to a sunken garden that’s a good 20 feet or more below street level. When I was there all but the north entrance were closed.  

Jeff Koons, Kiepenkerl, 1987, stainless steel  That is super cool – Trace

 

 

Jaques Lipchitz, Figure, 1926, bronze

 

 

Claes Oldenburg, Geometric Mouse, 1971, aluminum and steel

 

Anthony Caro, Monsoon Drift, 1975, steel

 

Barbara Hepworth, Figure for Landscape, 1960, bronze

 

Henry Moore, Two Piece Reclining Figure: Points, 1969, bronze  

 

Henry Moore, Upright Motive #1: Glenkiln Cross, 1955, bronze

 

David Smith, Pittsburgh Landscape, 1954, steel

 

 

Tony Cragg, Subcommittee, 1991, steel

 

Jean Arp, Evocation of a Form: Human, Lunar, Spectral, 1950, bronze

 

Judith Shea, Post-Balzac, 1991, bronze

 

 

 

Beverly Pepper, Ex Cathedra, 1967, stainless steel

 

Henry Moore, Seated Woman, 1956, bronze

 

Sterling Ruby, Double Candle, 2018, bronze

 

Henry Moore, Three Piece Reclining Figure No. 2 Bridge Prop, 1963, bronze

 

Arman, Eros Inside Eros, 1986, bronze

 

 

Barry Flanagan, The Drummer, 1987, bronze

 

 

 

Yoko Ono, Wish Tree, 2007, live tree  I think that’s’ weird you can’t tie wishes to the tree.  I get it to protect the tree but maybe they could have something else on the installation that allows it.  Personally I like interactive art. – Trace

 

Auguste Rodin, Monument to Balzac, 1891, bronze

 

Emile Antoine Bourdelle, The Great Warrior of Montauban, 1898, bronze

 

Auguste Rodin, The Burghers of Calais, 1884, bronze

 

Giacamo Manzu, Self Portrait with Model at Bergamo, 1942, bronze

 

Henry Moore, King And Queen, 1952, bronze

 

Auguste Rodin, Crouching Woman, 1880, bronze

 

Auguste Rodin, Walking Man, 1900, bronze  As much as I love sculpture I am not a fan of Rodin.  I know he’s one of the best but it always makes me feel a bit depressed.  I like uplifting art – Trace

 

 

 

 

 

Lucio Fontana, Spatial Concept: Nature, 1959, bronze

 

Huma Bhabbha, We Come In Peace, 2018, bronze

 

 

 

Henry Moore, Three Way Piece No. 3: Vertebrae, 1968, bronze  That’s super cool imho – Trace

 

I know this was a short one, but there just wasn’t a lot to say. It’s a garden full of sculpture. 

But in the next post, a visit to the International Spy Museum!

 


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