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Hirshhorn Lit Up Looks Awesome

by Prince Of Petworth April 3, 2012 at 11:00 am 7 Comments

Photo by PoPville flickr user hellomarkers!

I’m loving all the images from the Hirshhorn. For those not familiar this is a work by artist Doug Aitken called Song 1:

“March 22, 2012 to May 13, 2012
Sunset to Midnight

For nearly eight weeks this spring, internationally renowned artist Doug Aitken (American, b. Redondo Beach, California, 1968; lives and works in Los Angeles and New York) will illuminate the entire facade of the Hirshhorn’s iconic building, transforming it into “liquid architecture” and an urban soundscape. Using eleven high-definition video projectors, Aitken will seamlessly blend imagery to envelop the Museum’s exterior, creating a work that redefines cinematic space. A bold commission that will enter the Hirshhorn’s permanent collection and enliven its public space, “SONG 1″ allows visitors to the National Mall a chance to witness the first-ever work of 360-degree convex-screen cinema.”

You can read the rest of the explanation from the Hirshhorn Website here.

Anyone check it out in person?

Photo by PoPville flickr user hellomarkers!

Photo by PoPville flickr user hellomarkers!

Photo by PoPville flickr user random lady

Photo by PoPville flickr user random lady

  • julianne

    I saw this on Sunday, and it was amazing. The descriptions don’t nearly do it justice or really explain it effectively (which would be easy to do, frankly). Highly recommended to anyone who likes good things!

  • em

    Not far from where we live – whenever we’ve passed by, there are lots of folks who have stopped to watch – some for a minute or two, others for much longer.

  • We checked it out on opening night at the peak of the cherry blossoms. It was really great to see the mall putting on an cool edgy artsy face for all the confused tourists. I only have eyes for you, dear.

  • critique

    i was underwhelmed. disappointed actually. and i love the hirshhorn. but this was just blah. the two bottom pictures, plus an image of matches wrapping the building was as good as it got.

    its just a music video projected by a number of cameras to wrap around the building. if it was one camera on a flat screen it would be just as effective.

  • amazing

    One of the most amazing things I’ve ever seen in DC – granted that doesn’t take much for DC.

    I could have sat there for hours. Truly mesmerizing.

    • Anonymous

      i’m skeptical that you have actually explored dc at all but what are the cooler things you’ve seen elsewhere?

  • aa

    I loved it – one of the coolest things to do in DC in recent memory. With all this perfect weather lately, there’s no reason not to head down there and check it out. We watched from the sidewalk in front of the sculpture garden and were entranced.


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