National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden
Adding to my previous posts about art exhibits in Washington DC, I’ve selected three works that struck me as quirky during my visit in October. These sculptures are in the National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden on the National Mall. (Since this week’s Magnificent Monday theme is QUIRKY, I’m submitting it to the Holes in My Soles website where you can check out other photos and articles.)
This stainless steel tree sculpture really captured my attention against the beautiful sky. Graft is a work by American sculptor Roxy Paine who has a series of tree sculptures in other cities, including New York and Seattle. This one is 45 ft. high by 45 ft. wide, weighs about 16,000 pounds and is made of more than 8,000 components.
From the National Gallery of Art website: “Among its rich associations, this sculpture evokes the persistent human desire to alter and recombine elements of nature, as well as the ever-present tension between order and chaos.” And I thought it was just a really cool sculpture.
Typewriter Eraser, Scale X
Made of stainless steel and cement, this sculpture just makes me smile as I think about the days when we actually used erasers! In fact, Claus Oldenburg has used erasers as subjects for other drawings and sculptures based on his childhood memories of playing with one in his father’s office. I appreciate the sense of nostalgia in the work.
An optical illusion is created by this fabricated and painted aluminum piece by Roy Lichtenstein. The position of the side of the house seems to change as you walk by. Check out this YouTube video to see what I mean. Pretty interesting, isn’t it?
What do you think about these quirky pieces in the National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden?
For more information: National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden