Tuesday, May 15, 2007

The Awakening

The Awakening, J. Seward Johnson, 1980, Hains Point in East Potomac Park.

Close-up of the waking giant's face.

Just messing around with the settings in iPhoto.

Right hand and arm of the giant, which rise 17 feet in the air.

Another perspective of the entire sculpture--
foot, knee, arm, head, hand.

The Awakening is a 100-foot statue of a giant partially buried in the earth. The statue was commissioned for the International Sculpture Conference Exhibition and was created by artist J. Seward Johnson. Located at Hains Point in East Potomac Park, the statue is often a delightful and whimsical surprise both for residents and visitors alike who tire of seeing temples and monuments to the giants of American history, industry, and warfare.

The Awakening was never meant to be a permanent piece, but it was so popular, the National Park Service decided to “ignore” the fact that its temporary exhibit permit expired long ago.

Located at the tip of the point across the Potomac River from Washington National Airport, the statue is slated to be moved to the National Harbor in Prince Georges County, Maryland, in a couple of years.

Photo copyrights: D.C. Confidential (Janet M. Kincaid, 05/07)

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