Sinking Into the Hirshhorn Sculpture Garden in Washington, DC
Rodin’s Thinker, isn’t displayed in the Hirshhorn Sculpture Garden (though his Burghers of Calais is), but it would be at home in this space, which is set up to encourage contemplation. The garden was originally designed as a cross-Mall reflection pool, tying together the twin circles of the Hirshhorn Museum and the pool in the National Gallery of Art’s Sculpture Garden. Today, thankfully, it exists in sections parallel to and sunk below the Mall. Around each corner is another delightful piece: a disintegrating Death Star, something that resembles a Google doodle, a hare drumming for a midsummer bacchanal, Miro's Lunar Bird, and a triumphant horse and rider that must have just won a race across the Central Asian steppe. So what if the artist intended to evoke the Pittsburgh landscape? Modern art is in the eye of the beholder, and here it is accessible.
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- Megan Cytron (Editor) This is my favorite sculpture in the Hirshhorn Garden. I always thought of it as a metaphor for life. Hold on with your toes.