So, I told you earlier how much I enjoyed my visit to the Hirshhorn Museum and its courtyard. Right across the road from it there’s the Sculpture Garden. In my imagination I had imagined a vast garden with beautiful plantation and different kinds of modern artworks scattered around and some even hidden playfully among the plants, adding to the garden’s natural beauty. But things turned out to be more straight forward: No impressive plantation whatsoever! Ok, the winter weather didn’t help much either, but still! But let’s start with first impressions first!
I left the Hishhorn Museum with the best impressions. So I crossed the road and this caught my eye:
Shame on me, but from a distance I thought it was one of those street artists, who stand still while staring at infinity and only move when someone offers them money! 😀 I was convinced I was wrong only after I saw the label: Kiepenkerl by Jeff Koons! No wonder Jeff Koons is so controversial! I had to laugh at myself for this mistake!
Then I took the steps that led me to the actual garden and here are some of the main sculptures I saw:
And this is what a big part of the Garden looks like:
- There was nothing too impressive, especially when it comes to its gardening!
- All sculptures were of similar style or material, so it lacked the variety of styles of the Museum artworks and of contemporary art in general.
- I need to keep my eyes more open, so I can differentiate between random street artists and modern art leading representatives (like Jeff Koons) and between peeping behind bushes and Monumental Heads!
- The Hirshhorn Sculpture Garden made for a nice addition to the Museum, but I wouldn’t recommend it as a standalone art venue, especially in Washington DC’s National Mall, where museums and arts are plentiful.
- Having said that, with a free entrance to it and quite extensive opening hours (7:30 am till dusk), maybe we needn’t be too fussy, right?
What did you think of it? Does it take an arts geek to appreciate it or does it make for a pleasant stroll for every passer by?