National Gallery of Art Sculpture Gardens. We wandered into the garden and marveled at the large sculptures. We saw one that resembled the sugar cube pyramids that the kiddos had crafted several years ago. Another was entitled Cheval Rouge (Red Horse) and prompted loads of discussion on why it was such named. Abstract art and artist interpretation led the discussion. With lunches in hand, we finally settled around the fountain.
With the sound of the traffic on Constitution buzzing along in the background, we observed people stopping, relaxing, walking past and having animated conversations. Tour groups paused at the fountain with shorts and sleeves rolled up to catch a bit of the sunshine. Many photos were taken. With the mist of the fountain cooling the air, the kiddos turned their attention to the trees. A trio of arborists clad in yellow hard hats and climbing gear was trimming the row of trees surrounding the area. Amid the falling branches, we spotted two men above in the trees. Suspended by ropes, they cut and sawed at the branches. The kiddos were enthralled. While munching sandwiches the sat and watched contentedly. The lush verdant area was awash in downed limbs. Immediately my children saw possibilities. During a break in the action, they asked the person on the ground if they could have a few sticks. Initially confused by the request, he quickly understood and grinned. He picked up the sticks they wanted among the branches. They were so pleased.
With sticks in hand, we set off again. More sculptures were studied and analyzed including the amazing illusionary three dimensional House I. Benton wanted to bang on Graft with his stick, but was dissuaded in time. He was right, though. It probably would have made a loud noise on the metal.
California last year, so the kiddos were not as enthused this time. The three attributes of a mammal were reviewed while visiting that hall (fur/hair, mama's milk and special ear bones). Aine was surprised at the size of the walrus, while Benton was impressed by the giraffe. Eamon was just eager to get to the gem and mineral display.