Ed claims that I am perpetually running late...'scurrying around last minute before going anywhere'. I generally, adamantly disagree with his 'analysis' of me, but currently I am not. There is nothing like realizing that I am out of time here to motivate me to get out and finish my DC list. Today, I wanted to go to the National Building Museum, and both wings of the National Gallery of Art...but I ran out of time.
I started out at the National Building Museum. I initially was somewhat interested in seeing the temporary Lego Architecture exhibit, but then I saw that military and their family members had free admission from Memorial Day to Labor Day, I then decided that I just had to go. I am glad that I did because the actual building that it is housed in is beautiful! Sometimes, I wish I would have studied architecture but then I remember how much math is required (math is a weakness of mine, and not in a good way like maybe chocolate would be) I guess that means I will just have to be an admirer of architecture.
|The Pension Building-built after the Civil War to house the U.S. Pension Bureau. If interested, you can read more here as I have put too much boring information for one post.|
Speaking of architecture, did you know that the man who designed the jumping of point for the beginning of the U.S. Capitol was a doctor who was also was an amateur architect. He was possibly self-taught but I am not sure that is correct now. When the location had been determined for the new capital of the United States, a contest was printed in newspapers calling for design submissions for the capitol. Grand Prize for winning (aside from seeing your work come off the page and into real life): $500. This actually could have been quite a bit considering the man that did the actual writing of the Constitution only made $30. I said his design was the jumping off point because his plans called for a much smaller dome. In the end there were quite a few designers that contributed to the completed building. Alrightly, this is getting boring even for me so moving right along--guess this museum is educational :)
Along with the Lego exhibit, they also were hosting a "Canstruction" exhibit. Had I known, I would have brought along some of the cans that will not be used before we leave.
|Frank Lloyd Wright's "Falling Water" house. Pretty Amazing...|
Next, I headed over to the the East Building of the National Gallery of Art. I was quite drawn to all the food art since it was around lunchtime.
|Really Yum! Or should I say Yum-O! ahh Rachel Ray is so annoying!|
|Will this mobile fit over a baby crib?|
I really enjoyed myself today! I loved seeing all the amazing works of art that were inspiration for many-a-art -lesson while I worked for Abrakadoodle. As it is now my tradition, another picture of me today. I am back to self-photography..this time in the reflection of "Black Plank", Yes, it was a high gloss black plank leaning against the wall. (Not all that different from the infamous "Red Stick" that Ed found at MOMA for those of you that know the story :)
|See how empty the museum is--my recommendation for a DC vacation is right after school starts in the fall. It's great!|
I forgot to mention that we are moving to a hotel on Thursday. I am still going to try to check another site off my list tomorrow though. Hopefully the Jefferson Memorial, and maybe the new MLK memorial if I have the energy to march around the Tidal Basin. We'll see!