Work of Art – National Cathedral: Space Window in Washington, D.C.
I haven’t posted a weekly photo in a while and I miss it! I thought this would be a nice way to return to the WPC community. : )
My dad listens to opera every day. Having the opportunity and encouragement to experience this art-form at home and in-person certainly played an important role in my cultural upbringing. (My mom prefers Motown and oldies, but that’s another story!)
Music, regardless of the genre, has the power to communicate beyond words. Musical experiences often remind listeners of special memories, emotions, people, places, and other personally significant aspects of life. Music has the ability to tell a meaningful story without having to speak a word, bringing all types of people together in a shared experience.
How has music influenced your life? What experiences would you like to share?
I look forward to hearing from you! Thanks for stopping by.
Image Source: Trey Ratcliff at www.stuckincustoms.com
This week’s photo challenge theme allows me to reflect on my love of music and portray it visually! I am additionally excited because it also represents the meaning behind my blog. The title I chose – mezzaphonically speaking – is a play on the phrase, “metaphorically speaking,” emphasizing my love of music, sound, and creative expression. Although I cannot take credit for the photo, I thought it effectively represented my passion in life, my path to true love, my curiosity around culture, and my work in the arts. A picture is worth a thousand words, right?
Beyond Words – Life, Love, Culture, and the Arts
The Washington National Cathedral was damaged by a 5.8-magnitude earthquake, disturbing the residents and architecture of DC and surrounding areas, in late August 2011. Giant sections of stone (reportedly weighing approximately 1.5 tons) broke off from some of the pinnacles and came crashing down onto the roof and ground below. Considering the level of skill and detail required to restore the intricate stone structures and ensure the stabilization of the building, the Cathedral was closed for repairs and did not reopen until several weeks later in mid November (Weinberg, nationalcathedral.org).
I was new to the area at the time and had planned to make a visit to this beautiful site. I was sad to hear that the National Cathedral had been damaged and closed to the public. I decided to stop by within a week or two or the quake, if only to peer at this amazing building from the outside. Despite the fences and yellow caution tape, I had a magnificent experience. The stone masons have worked hard to stabilize and repair the Cathedral, contributing to the multiphase restoration project that has been estimated to cost $20 Million over 5 years.
Musical performances and worship services have since returned, but the Washington National Cathedral remains in a period of progress and renewal.
This painting can be found at the S. Dillon Ripley Center on the Mall in Washington, D.C. As you stand on the escalators, descending to the third floor below, make sure to look up and you will see this wall-sized canvas painting.
I am lucky to be greeted by this work, among other works of art, on my way to the Smithsonian Associates!
First robots and now a shrink ray! What will the Smithsonian think of next?! Hehe, well, my imagination may be getting the best of me, but seeing this mini model of the
Stonehenge Soaphenge was certainly attention-grabbing.
On my weekly trip to the USDA Farmer’s Market (located on the National Mall), I passed by the Union Street Soapworks stand and did a double-take when I saw a mini
Stonehenge Soaphenge on the display table. How creative and unique! The soaps’ perfumes were delicate and pungent, depending on the combination of ingredients (e.g. olive oil, eucalyptus, lavender, lemon, rose, orange, pine, coconut, and even beer). I had never seen so many varieties of handcrafted soaps.
Another “foreign” aspect of this visit relates to location. While in middle school, I did a research project on Ireland and the UK for my world history class. I have wanted to go there ever since to see the sites and beautiful landscapes for myself. One day, I hope the UK will not be foreign, and will instead
serve as (offer) points of reflection on time spent abroad. Who knows…maybe someday it (will) become my home?
Farragut North Contrail:
After leaving the Godiva Chocolatier – savoring a complimentary piece of dark chocolate Midnight Swirl – I spotted an airplane streaming across the bright blue sky. The stark contrast of the building against the sun, and the acute angle of the contrail against the metal awning, was an interesting and serendipitous sight to see!
I can’t believe I have been at the Smithsonian for 6 weeks already! I have learned so much and still have a lot yet to discover. The hardest part is not having enough time (between my graduate school assignments, research, work, and internship) to take advantage of all the wonderful programs and activities they have to offer!
The Smithsonian Associates – a division of the Smithsonian Institution – offers more than 750 programs every year. That’s a lot.
Their programs cover a wide variety of topics:
- Performing arts
- Art & architecture
- Authors, books, and writing
- Civil War
- Culinary arts
- American history
- World history
- International culture
- News, politics, and media
- Philosophy and religion
- Popular culture
- Science and nature
…and in variety of formats:
- Children & family
- Discovery Theater
- Film screenings
- Lectures & Seminars
- Local Tours
- Members Only
- Mingles at the Museum
- Studio Arts
- Digital Media
- Fiber Arts
- Other media
My job as the E-Marketing Intern is to assist the staff with their Web/E-Marketing efforts to inform, excite, and encourage audiences to explore and participate in the wealth of cultural and educational programs provided by The Smithsonian Associates.
Understandably, the Smithsonian Institution as a whole is even bigger in size! Did you know that the Smithsonian is composed of not one, but 19 different museums, plus 9 research centers, and the National Zoo?
- Smithsonian Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art
- Smithsonian American Art Museum – Renwick Gallery
- Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian (NYC)
- American Indian Museum Heye Center
- Smithsonian National Museum of African American History & Culture
- National Museum of American History
- Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum
- Air and Space Museum Udvar-Hazy Center
- Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum (NYC)
- Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History (DC)
- Smithsonian’s National Museums of Asian Art – Freer & Sackler Galleries
- Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery
- Smithsonian Postal Museum
- Smithsonian’s Anacostia Community Museum
- Smithsonian’s National Museum of African Art
- Smithsonian Latino Virtual Museum
- Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
- Arts and Industries Building
- Smithsonian Institution Building, The Castle
My experiences and learning opportunities as an intern for the Smithsonian Associates so far have been seriously amazing!