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Sat 10/19/13 Monument + Dept Interior Murals + Indian Crafts Walk


10:30 AM - Let's start at the Lincoln Memorial at the base of the stairs leading up to the Lincoln statue, on the right side under the torch holder. If the Memorial is open, we can go up and have a look at Abe (Daniel Chester French sculpture) and also the 2 murals by Jules Guerin, which are above the Gettysburg Address and Lincoln's 2nd Inauguration speech.

11AM-ish: We'll stroll over to see Albert Einstein, passing the Vietnam Memorial along the way. The Einstein sculpture, in front of the National Academy of Sciences, is the work of Robert Berks. We'll walk along the (marble?) sidewalk in front of the Academy and admire Lee Lawrie's frieze and relief sculptures. 

Next, we'll go to the Dept of Interior building. Like all federal buildings, you have to go through the metal detector, and you also need to show a photo ID. We'll look at a few of the sculptures and murals on the 1st floor near the Indian Craft Shop and downstairs in the cafeteria and courtyard. We'll end the walk at the craft shop, where you can browse and enjoy the sculptures and other art. 
As part of its 75th Anniversary celebration, the Department of Interior is open to the public on Saturday, October 19, 2013. Specifically, the Indian Craft Shop will have several Native American artists there to show their work.

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  • Sharon

    There is a very interesting article about the construction of the Lincoln Memorial with lots of photographs here:
    http://awesometalks.wordpress.com/2009/03/21/the-lincoln-memorial-construction-dedication-photographs/?blogsub=confirming#subscribe-blog

    October 19, 2013

  • Sharon

    Yay! Federal buildings and parks are open! So tomorrow is a go, and we shall visit Lincoln and Einstein, several luminaries of science, Vietnam vets, Simon Bolivar, and the Dept of Interior artwork on the cafeteria floor and the 1st floor. The Indian Craft Shop is open, but only 1 artist will be there, not the half-dozen originally planned for. There are a couple of nice sculptures across the street from Interior in the Red Cross Building courtyard. If we have time we can swing by, and if not you can do your own visit sometime.

    October 18, 2013

  • John H

    Enjoy your hike. Now that the parks reopened, I'll be on Skyline Drive helping repair some trails.

    October 17, 2013

  • Sharon

    If the Fed is still closed, we'll admire Lincoln from the bottom of the steps, continue on to Einstein and NAS, and then instead of DOI, we'll walk around OAS and Museum of the Americas, stopping to chat with Simon Bolivar Jose Artigas (statues).

    October 8, 2013

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