A Stone’s Throw from the U.S. Capitol

Tourists in Washington, DC usually visit the Washington Monument, the Capitol, and the Air & Space Museum.  Other gems abound in this town, and, right now, you will want to see a great series of installations at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden.

The gallery space funneled to a hallway.  Windows appear, glowing with rich green, red, and blue. At each window we are overwhelmed by the intense, deep and pure color.

“Chromosaturation” is the work of Carlos Cruz-Diaz, a Venezuelan artist living in Paris.  “…He began exploring the ways in which color could activate space, expand perception, and elicit subliminal emotions.” We can tell you, it works.

The next installation is “Blue Penetrable BBL” by Jesus Rafael Soto. It begged the observer to enter and become part of the display.

Walking down the hall an aura of blue light permeates the space. Round the corner, and Dan Flavin’s geometric sculptural installation stretched the length of the room.  Each step forward gives a different impression of the pattern.

The Hirshhorn shows off beautifully works requiring larger spaces.  It certainly was a colorful afternoon in Washington. So, we hope tourists will also plan to add some color to their visits here, too.

March 2012

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Beth and Joe enjoy simple travel.
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1 Response to A Stone’s Throw from the U.S. Capitol

  1. Gunta says:

    Wish I could be there to see it.

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