The randonneur commuter is always looking for extra miles here and there during the week, and MG and I are have put in countless laps on Hains Point, bordered by the Potomac River and Boundary Channel and home to flowering cherry trees in early April. It’s a playground where all of Washington comes together.
One of the highlights of the 3-mile lap around the point was The Awakening, the massive sculpture by J. Seward Johnson depicting a giant struggling to free himself from the earth. It was a magnet for kids, who loved to play on the massive feet, legs and hands.
Here’s Super D at The Awakening last summer, with MG’s Rivendell Quickbeam:
Last week the privately owned sculpture was moved to the new National Harbor development down river in Prince George’s County. The Washington Post has a blog post Here.
Now we’re left with a blank space. That’s not all bad in Washington, where empty space attracts a memorial of some kind. But this was just pure sculpture for the sake of art, not to commemorate anything. We’ll miss it.