Attention! New York Avenue Sculpture Project

One of the reasons I like walking and riding around town is that I see more of the city than when I’m in a car or going subterranean on Metro.

Today, over a lunchtime stroll, I came upon these.

Arbre Serpents (Serpent Tree)

Les Trois Grâces (The Three Graces), detail

These sculptures by the late French artist Niki de Saint Phalle are installed right in the middle of New York Avenue. They are impossible to miss.

Wow, these are cool, I thought to myself.  They must be new. (The full set of my pics from today may be found here.)

In fact, these sculptures have been on the 1200 block of New York Avenue since the end of April. They are part of a the New York Avenue Sculpture Project, a public art project by the National Museum of Women in the Arts.  It’s taken me over two months to notice them!

#23 Basketball Player

When I found this out, I tried to rationalize my oversight.  They’re still kind of new, surely I can’t be the only person who hasn’t seen them.

Ultimately, I had to accept that I had not seen them because I just hadn’t been curious enough to investigate the happenings on other streets. I’ve been locked in my narrow commuting path and lately, I have not been going beyond that.

I definitely could have walked by these ladies (and that crazy serpent tree) before today. I just didn’t do it because they are not on my regular route and I never think to walk that direction.

Silly me! What else is out there that I haven’t explored? I better get to it.  In the meantime, come check these guys out.  They’ll be here until next spring/summer and then they’re moving on.


  1. Those serpents are cool… I’ve heard about these sculptures but not seen them in person yet, it’s on my list to do!

    Also, this same thing happens to me all the time– seeing something for the first time, even if it’s a route I use all the time.


  2. Thanks, Lori! I’ve noticed that it’s really easy for me to forget to see the everyday stuff, but having the camera has helped me become more observant. Really enjoy your blog, by the way.


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