355/365 – 09/18/10 [365 Days @ 50mm] – “The Awakening” at DC National Harbor

18 Sep

The Awakening, a surreal art piece made of five distinct components, dominates a portion of the National Harbor grounds off of the Potomac River. Originally installed in Washington, D.C.'s Hains Point, the sculpture (by artist J. Seward Johnson, Jr.) was moved to National Harbor a couple of years ago. I had never seen the original installation at Hains Point but was thrilled to come upon it at National Harbor.

The ground appears to be barely able to contain the man caught in the act of trying to claw out of the earth. A foot, a palm, an arm and a leg are bursting out of the mud, while the face is contorted – a combination of anger, fierce determination and effort twisting the facial muscles into an evil grimace. The detail in the musculature, the sinew and the expression is awesome.

Info via http://blogpourri.blogspot.com/2009/03/my-world-awakening-at-national-harbor.html

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