Welcome reader to my blog - a mixture of this and that. Now that we are living in a retirement community in downtown Columbia, MD my personal gardening activities are somewhat curtailed. I still enjoy visiting gardens, reading, watching wildlife on my walks, traveling, and occasional food commentary. Please leave a comment if you feel inspired to do so. I read every one of them.

Sunday, June 25, 2017

National Gallery of Art East Wing

Friday I had a trip to the East Wing of the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC courtesy of Vantage House, where I live.

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The East Wing focuses on modern artists.  It was built on a rather triangular shaped lot next to the West Wing, so the architect I. M. Pei, went with lots of triangular shapes in the building.  Let me share that with you with this post and feature the art in other posts.

Look at all the triangles.


Entry Level


Down one level



Our docent




Even the floor is triangles.



From the rooftop gallery you can see the structure of the ceiling/roof.


The Smithsonian Castle is in the distance.










Across this plaza with the fountain is the West Wing built of the same kind of stone.  The quarry where that stone came from was closed after the West Wing was built so that if ever there was an addition, the same stone would be available.  Forward thinking by the donor, one of the Mellons.


Under that plaza is this walkway to eating places and Gallery shops.  It connects the two buildings underground.  There is a constant light show as you travel on the moving walkway.


More to come in future posts.


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7 comments:

Gosia k said...

gallery is so spacious and modern one

Tom said...

...the Calder mobile does it for me.

Jackie Mc Guinness said...

Love love love museums!

Cynthia said...

You are fortunate to have a driver, have your car parked, and access to such wonderful places. You chose your new home well!

Jim said...

Cool shapes.
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colleen said...

I love your eye for angles and triangles. Love the D.C. art museums too. The last one I used as the cover to my new poetry book ... A closer range with me standing there and some bodies off in the distance. The name is Packing a Suitcase for the Afterlife.

A Colorful World said...

A geometric gem!

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