National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden

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Africancrab Africanc…
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A Little Overrated and No Sense of Organization Jul 19, 2012
Located on the National Mall, the sculpture garden offers visitors and residents year round enjoyment. It has 17 pieces from the National Gallery; each with a history behind it. We stumbled upon it on our way to the National Archives Building; only it was getting late so we made a decision to go into the Sculpture Garden.

A water fountain that serves as an ice rink is at the center of the garden. Surrounded by beautiful native American plants and seating all around the fountain. Now the garden of course is over rated in my opinion. As hot as it is in DC right now, they do not have a drinking fountain in sight and the one cafe within the garden grounds closed at 5:00 pm. Very frustrating as my family was hot and thirsty.

The two prominent art pieces that drew me to the garden include the giant typewriter eraser and Roxy Pain's Graft (silver tree) made of stainless steel and concrete. Joan Miro's 'Personnage Gothique' is interesting and intriguing. Other pieces included the four sided pyramid vivid even from across the street on the East side of the Gallery of art. Tony Smith's Moon dog definitely leaves the non artist wondering what the hell he was thinking, but to the art lover it provokes thought and imagination.

The garden is a little confusing and rather too big for the 17 sculptures in it. I guess its because it is still pretty new. There is no sense of organization. I hope that more pieces will eventually be introduced and organized in such a way as to attract more visitor. I did like the fountain and would have appreciated a cup of tea or a cold beverage from that darn cafe, can you tell I was frustrated?

I love art, and I will always venture where one is. If you have time stop by, if not, you will not miss much. Entrance is FREE!
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curious1028 curious1…
4 reviews
Fantastic Jazz and Picnic in the Sculpture Garden May 31, 2011
I'm from DC, and I can tell you, we locals wait for this event to start up every summer! It's Friday evenings at 6:30pm in the Sculpture Garden of The National Gallery of Art (DO have a see in the museum before it closes at 5pm!!). Lit but vintage-looking street lamps and centered by a huge fountain - the jazz music will lure you to a grassy spot just beneath a sculpture. Wine in your hand and conversation all around - a wonderful start to a Friday night out.
aleksandra11 aleksand…
5 reviews
Place to spend time between other attractions. Aug 04, 2011
Was there in April. Weather wasn't as great but I still enjoyed the walk in the garden and all the awesome art that was displayed there. I'm usually not very into visiting any exhibitions, but this one was great. Got some awesome pictures too. So if you are in D.C any the line to National Archives is way too long, take a walk to the Garden.
diisha392 diisha392
116 reviews
Sculpture on the Mall Dec 20, 2008
The NGA Sculpture Garden is one of two outdoor sculpture gardens on the mall (the other one being over by the Hirshhorn Museum). It is a simple walk on a graveled path to look at the various sculptures on display. Each is marked with a block displaying the name of the artist, the name of the piece, the year of creation, the materials creating the sculpture, and the origin (example, gift of so-and-so).

In the wintertime, a festive mood appears with an ice skating rink in the middle and holiday music playing.

Food is also available from a small cafe.

I found the NGA Sculpture Garden to be a quick but enjoyable look at some modern sculptures.
Cluster of Four Cubes
House I
Ice Skating Pond
Cheval Rouge (Red Horse) by Alexan…

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