NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. — I was not happy that “The Awakening” was moved from Hains Point, Washington D.C. to this new resort in Prince George’s County. I don’t blame the developer for buying of course, it was a shrewd move to catch the Park Service napping. I do fault the developer for the new placement though. The sculpture is placed in what can accurately be described as a sandbox. It looks like was just put there in the morning, whereas in the old Hains Point location, it had a sense of place even though it was merely covered by dirt and mulch. It felt like was coming out of the ground in dramatic fashion. Here, it just looks like it was put there without much consideration to its environment.
[flickr : The Awakening set/slideshow]
From 02.19.2008: The Awakening
From 02.14.2008: Awakening moving next week
The Awakening, sculpture, J. Seward Johnson, Maryland, Prince George’s County, National Harbor