The National Park Service has approved a truly extraodinary outdoor art exhibit in Washington, DC along the south side of the Reflecting Pool in what is formally known as West Potomac Park*. Cuban-American Artist Jorge Rodriguez-Gerada took dozens of photographs of ordinary people in Washington, DC and used those photographs to create a composite image. That composite image was then used as the template for the landscaped image installed by the Reflecting Pool. Incredibly, satellite navigation is used to ensure that the lines are precisely drawn.
See this video for more on how it was built.
The website DesignBoom.com has several great photographs of the completed work of art. You will want to check it out as the image really is striking. Also included at the link are photographs of how the work appears at ground level, showing how the visual image that appears from a distance is created.
Finally, the Washington Post has an excellent infographic on the installation, including photographs of a similar installation that Rodriguez-Garada did in Northern Ireland.
“Out of Many, One” will be in place throughout the month of October. After the end of its run, the sand and dirt will be tilled back into the soil. A visit to the mounmental core of Washington, DC is always a special experience. For the next month, visitors will get an extra dose of the extraordinary.
* – As a little bit of National Park trivia, although this exhibition is generally referred to as being on the National Mall, technically the National Mall is legally the open greenspace between the Washington Monument and the U.S. Capitol Building. Of course, in popular usage, the National Mall now includes the entire monumental core of Washington, DC including the Washington Mounment grounds, West Potomac Park, and the area around the Tidal Basin.
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