National Gallery of Art's Sculpture Garden

Member Rating 4 out of 5 by kwasiak on February 5, 2006

The National Gallery of Art’s Sculpture Garden is located on Constitution Avenue between 7th and 9th Streets. The nearest Metro stop is Archive-Navy Memorial-Penn Quarter. The station is located on the yellow and green Metro lines. The Federal Triangle and Smithsonian metro stops, which are on the blue and orange lines, are also nearby. The Sculpture Garden is open from 10am to 5pm Monday through Saturday and 11am to 6pm on Sundays. From mid-November to mid-March, depending on the weather, the ice rink is open 10am to 11pm Monday through Saturday and 11am to 9pm on Sunday. The admission is free for the sculpture garden. There are fees for skating, renting skates, and locker rentals. For 2005, the prices were $7 an hour and $3 for skates.

The Sculpture Garden has an unique assortment of sculptures by artists from around the world. There is the most popular "House I," by the American artist Roy Lichtenstein. One of my favorite sculptures here by an American is the "Cluster of Four Cubes," by George Rickey. Despite that the cubes appear to need electrical power to continuously move, they are, in fact, powered only by wind. Another one of my favorite sculptures here is “An Entrance to the Paris Metropolitain,” by the French artist Hector Guimard. This once was an entrance to a metro station in Paris, and for all who have been to Paris, it is definitely recognizable as part of the same architectural style of the many Metro stations he designed.

Be sure to check out the “Six-Part Seating” sculpture, as it is the only one you can touch without getting into trouble. It, in fact, welcomes you to sit on it. To me, it is always fun when you can truly interact with a piece of art, especially when one is meant to be interacted with, as this one is.
National Gallery of Art and Sculpture Garden
4th and Constitution Avenue NW
Washington, D.C., 20565
(202) 737-4215

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